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It is usually said by grammarians, that the use of language is to express our wants and desires; but men who know the world hold that he who best knows how to keep his necessities private, is the most likely person to have them redressed; and that the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.

It was justly said by Themistocles that speech is like tapestry unfolded, where the imagery appears distinct; but thoughts, like tapestry in the bale, where the figures are rolled up together.

Let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.

Never is the deep, strong voice of man, or the low, sweet voice of woman, finer than in the earnest but mellow tones of familiar speech, richer than the richest music, which are a delight while they are heard, which linger still upon the ear in softened echoes, and which, when they have ceased, come, long after, back to memory, like the murmurs of a distant hymn.

Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, cease.

Nothing is more silly than the pleasure some people take in "speaking their minds." A man of this make will say a rude thing for the mere pleasure of saying it, when an opposite behavior, full as innocent, might have preserved his friend, or made his fortune.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

Sheridan once said of some speech, in his acute, sarcastic way, that "it contained a great deal both of what was new and what was true; but that what was new was not true, and what was true was not new."

Speak after the manner of men.

Speak but little and well if you would be esteemed a man of merit.

Speech is a faculty given to man to conceal his thoughts.

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both. See quote detail

Speech is silvern, silence is golden.

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

Speech is the mirror of the mind.

Such as thy words are, such will thine affections be esteemed; and such as thine affections, will be thy deeds; and such as thy deeds will be thy life

That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious.

The common fluency of speech in many men, and most women, is owing to a scarcity of matter and a scarcity of words; for whoever is a master of language and has a mind full of ideas, will be apt in speaking to hesitate upon the choice of both; whereas common speakers have only one set of ideas, and one set of words to clothe them in; and these are always ready at the mouth; so people come faster out of a church when it is almost empty, than when a crowd is at the door.


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