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of mischief; and implies not only great folly and a trifling spirit, but great viciousness of mind, great indifference to truth and falsity, and to the reputation, welfare, and good of others.



All things are governed by speech; speech is the root, from speech they originate ; that man verily who is dishonest in speech, is dishonest in all.


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Sweetness of speech never fails of purpose, while at the same time it never pains any heart. of good acts and good, agreeable and sweet speeches has no equal.


Much insight and education,
Self-control and pleasant speech,
And whatever word be well-spoken :
This is the greatest blessing.


Fair words hurt ne'er a bone,
But foul words break many a one.

Apt words bave power to suage,
The tumours of a troubled mind.


One mild word, says the proverb, will quench more heat than a bucket of water.

From David's Buddhism.

For pleasing words are like to magic art,
That doth the charmed snake in slumber lay.


Good words are a string of pearls.


Good words cost little and are worth much.


If you can't give sugar, talk Sugar.


It is necessary to one's personal happiness to exercise control over one's words as well as acts; for there are words that strike even harder than blows; and men may “ speak daggers ” though they use none.


A word once uttered cannot be recalled.)

A word rashly spoken cannot be brought back by a chariot and four horses.


Of thy word unspoken thou art master ; thy spoken word is master of thee.


Sometimes words wound more than swords.

Deliberate much before doing or saying anything, for you have not the power of recalling what has been said or done,

The speech of a man explains his worth and interprets his intellect.


A man is known by his words, as a tree is by the fruit; and, if we would be apprised of the nature and qualities of any one, let him but discourse, and he himself will speak them to us, better than another can describe them. We may therefore perceive how proper it, is for those to hold their tongues who would not discover the shallowness of their understandings.

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The deepest rivers are most silent; the greatest noise is ever found where there is the least depth of water. And it is a true observation, that those who are the weakest in understanding, and most slow of apprehension are generally the strongest in opinion, and most precipitate in uttering their crude conceptions.

A sensible man gives not an answer,
Except when people put him a question,
Though the loquacious man be in the right,
People will regard his claim (to be heard) as absurd.


Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice.


Speech is silvern, silence is golden: speech is human, silence is divine.


* From Bewick's Select Fables. + Translated by Platts.

Though in the opinion of the wise silence is good

breeding, (Yet) when good will come of it, better is it that

thou endeavour to speak freely. Two things constitute -levity of mind to be silent When it is right to speak, and to speak when one ought to be silent.


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He who reflects not in giving an answer,
His words will generally be unbefitting.
Either adorn thy speech with sense, like a man,
Or remain silent like beasts.


The speech of him is the more excellent, who speaks moro true.


So long as thou perceivest not clearly that it is

quite right to speak,
Thou oughtest not to open thy mouth to speak.


Never use a word that may offend a chaste ear.


Make up thy mind then alone to speak,
When thou knowest that speaking will effect thy


Translated by Platte. + Translated by West.

When you have nothing to say, say nothing; a weak defence strengthens your opponent, and silence is less injurious than a bad reply.


The more we speak of ourselves in superlatives, the more will others speak of us in diminatives.

Never speak by superlative, in doing so you will be sure to wound either truth or prudence. Exaggeration is neither thoughtful, wise nor safe.

The best of speech is that which is short, and to the purpose.

Men of few words are the best men.


Speak but little, and let that little be the truth,
Spend but little, and let that little be cash down.

We will not stand to prate,
Talkers are no great doers.



Words are like leaves, and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.


The greatest talkers in the days of peace have been the most pussillanimous in the day of temptation.


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