Be silent, or say something better than silence.
Proper words in proper places make the true definition of a style. Jonathan Swift
It is as easy to draw back a stone, thrown with force from the hand, as to recall a word once spoken. Menander
Much tongue and much judgment seldom go together.
If the truth were self evident, eloquence would be unnecessary. Cicero
We never listen when we are eager to speak.
François de La Rochefoucauld
He that converses not, knows nothing.
It is good to rub and polish our brain
against that of others.
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts, never to heaven go. William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 3
Kind words are the music of the world.
F. W. Faber
People who have nothing to say are never at a loss in talking. Josh Bilings
Deliver your words not by number but by weight.
I saw one excellency that was within my reach —it was brevity; and I determined to obtain it. William Jay
The great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet. Seneca the Younger
Silence is often advantageous.
Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many can argue - not many converse.
A. Bronson Alcott
The less people speak of their greatness,
the more we think of it.
Sir Francis Bacon
Language is the close-fitting dress of Thought.
R. C. Trench
Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.
The first ingredient in conversation is truth:
the next good sense; the third, good humor;
and the fourth wit.
Sir William Temple
True eloquence, indeed, does not consist in speech. It cannot be brought from far. Labor and learning may toil for it, but they will toil in vain. Words and phrases may be marshalled in every way, but they cannot compass it. It must exist in the man, in the subject, and in the occasion. Daniel Webster
“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.” ― John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller - Pamphlet
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“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ― Rudyard Kipling
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“Some people have a way with words, and other people...oh, uh, not have way.” ― Steve Martin
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“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ― Mother Teresa
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“That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.” ― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
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“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.
She was the book thief without the words.
Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
tags: books, meaning, patience, words
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“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
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“Real life is a funny thing you know.
In real life saying the right thing, at the right moment is beyond crucial. So crucial in fact, that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately what I’ve began to fear more than that, is letting the moment pass with saying anything. I think you deserved to look back on your life without this chorus of resounding voices saying, I could of but it’s too late now. So there’s a time for silent, and...
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