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To speak and to speak well are two things.  A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.  ~Ben Jonson

If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it.  ~Earl Wilson

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.  ~Jeff Daly

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.  ~Thomas Neiel

The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much.  ~Germain G. Glien

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.  ~Margaret Millar

To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered.  ~John Ruskin

There is no such thing as conversation.  It is an illusion.  There are intersecting monologues, that is all.  ~Rebecca West (Cicily Maxwell Andrews), "The Harsh Voice," There Is No Conversation, 1935

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.  ~Winston Churchill

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid.  ~Author Unknown

Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.  ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cat's Cradle

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.  ~Quentin Crisp

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.  ~Martin Farquhar Tupper, "Of Discretion," Proverbial Philosophy

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet.  ~Ann Landers

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.  ~Hermann Hesse

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.  ~Dorothy Nevill

The easiest way to save face is to keep the lower half shut.  ~Author Unknown

Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.  ~Author Unknown

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.  ~Orson Rega Card

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.  ~Ira Gassen

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.  ~Josh Billings

Foolishness always results when the tongue outraces the brain.  ~Author Unknown

The words you choose to say something are just as important as the decision to speak.  ~Author Unknown

Among provocatives, the next best thing to good preaching is bad preaching.  I have even more thoughts during or enduring it than at other times.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.  ~Pubilius Syrus

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.  ~Walter Bagehot

It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.  ~Maurice Switzer, 1906 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole!)

I am annoyed by individuals who are embarrassed by pauses in a conversation.  To me, every conversational pause refreshes.  ~George Sanders

Isn't it surprising how many things, if not said immediately, seem not worth saying ten minutes from now?  ~Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr.

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.  ~Karl Popper, Unended Quest

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Drawing on my find command of language, I said nothing.  ~Robert Charles Benchley

Don't tell your friends about your indigestions:  "How are you!" is a greeting, not a question.  ~Arthur Guiterman, A Poet's Proverbs

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.  ~Horace

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.  ~Spanish Proverb

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.  ~Will Durant

If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.  ~Lemony Snicket

The man was on his knees, trying to retrieve each of his ugly words that were now scattered on the floor.  But, of course, it was too late.  ~Dr. SunWolf

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving evidence of the fact.  ~George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such, 1879

Calvin:  Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up with my thoughts.  I wonder why we think faster than we speak.
Hobbes:  Probably so we can think twice.
~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes