The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds.
Author: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
Profession: British Economist, Critic
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
Author: Marcus T. Cicero
Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician
No man ever listened himself out of a job.
Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
Well, well, perhaps I am a bit of a talker. A popular fellow such as I am -- my friends get round me -- we chaff, we sparkle, we tell witty stories -- and somehow my tongue gets wagging. I have the gift of conversation. I've been told I ought to have a salon, whatever that may be.
Author: Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
Profession: British Writer
We never say so much as when we do not quite know what we want to say. We need few words when we have something to say, but all the words in all the dictionaries will not suffice when we have nothing to say and want desperately to say it.
Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
Profession: American Author, Philosopher
How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb creation -- for a chatterbox is truly of a lower category than a dumb creature.
Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer
My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop.
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Profession: Austrian Composer
I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Author: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Profession: British Nurse
They never taste who always drink; they always talk who never think.
Author: Matthew Prior (1664-1721)
Profession: British Diplomat, Poet
To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.
Author: English Proverb
Profession: Sayings of British Origin
The more you know the less you need to say.
Author: Jim Rohn
Profession: American Businessman, Author, Speaker, Philosopher
A good old man, sir. He will be talking. As they say, when the age is in, the wit is out.
Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor
I don't mind how much my ministers talk -- as long as they do what I say.
Author: Margaret Thatcher (1925)
Profession: British Stateswoman, Prime Minister (1979-90)
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit