silent, or say something better than silence.
words in proper places make the true definition of a style.
is as easy to draw back a stone, thrown with force from the
hand, as to recall a word once spoken.
can argue - not many converse. - A. Bronson Alcott
tongue and much judgment seldom go together.
communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just
as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
something to say, say it, stop talking.
George Horace Lorimer
the truth were self evident, eloquence would be unnecessary.
never listen when we are eager to speak.
François de La Rochefoucauld
that converses not, knows nothing.
is good to rub and polish our brain
against that of others.
that we may not so much seek to be understood as to understand.
Saint Francis of Assisi
silent and pass for a philosopher.
words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts,
never to heaven go.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 3
who have nothing to say are never at a loss in talking.
your words not by number but by weight.
saw one excellency that was within my reach —it was brevity;
and I determined to obtain it.
great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet.
Seneca the Younger
is often advantageous.
is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly
intelligible to the person to whom you speak.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
is the close-fitting dress of thought.
R. C. Trench
the more communicated, more abundant grows.
is one great art of conversation.
- William Hazlitt
first ingredient in conversation is truth:
the next good sense; the third, good humor;
and the fourth wit.
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.
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