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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