It’s what we do best. Here are some proverbs and quotes about talking.


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A bore is a man who has nothing to say and says it anyway.

A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it.
(unknown author)

Actions speak louder than words.
What you actually do is more important that what you say you will do.

All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.
Stephen Hawking

An empty vessel makes much noise.
Foolish or stupid people talk too much.

An oral agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on.
(unknown author)

As the Chinese say, 1001 words is worth more than a picture.
John McCarthy

Back in the days when animals could talk ...
(unknown author)

Be swift to hear, slow to speak.
Listen carefully to others, but think before giving your own opinion.

Boys will never understand how much their small words can affect a girl.
Farah Mustafa

Constantly talking isn't necessarily communicating.
Charlie Kaufman

Easier said than done.
It sounds easy but it is actually quite difficult.

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
Charles Dudley Warner

Facebook Algorithms have got us all screwed up, where we only listen and talk to people with the same views as us, and I think it's not helping us as a culture to grow.
Karamo Browne

For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.
Stephen Hawking

Good public speaking is more than just decibels – a point that's often overlooked by demagogues, evangelists and – unfortunately – gullible audiences.
Richard Dawkins

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
Groucho Marx

How do I know what I think until I hear what I say?
Francis Crick

I like to talk to myself so I don't have to listen.
(unknown author)

I love words.
Richard Dawkins

I'm not a social media person; I don't know what's going on unless somebody tells me.
Tyler Perry

If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Source: Philosophical Investigations

If I couldn't talk to myself, I'd have no way of knowing what I was thinking.
Daniel Dennett

If you are a fast talker at least think slowly.

If you can’t give any sugar then speak sweetly.

If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Desmond Tutu

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

It doesn't worry me what anyone says, except when publicity hurts others.
Terry Jones

Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.
Lillian Hellman

Loose lips sink ships.

Love talks, even with closed lips.

Practise what you preach.
Do yourself what you advise others to do.

Saying is one thing, doing is another.
People don't always do what they say.

Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.

Talking a mile a minute.

Talking is silver, silence is gold.

Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Talking to a wall.
Talking without receiving any kind of reaction from the person you're speaking to.

The fast talker makes mistakes.

The great thing about social media was how it gave a voice to voiceless people.
Jon Ronson

The great tragedy about social media was how it gave a voice to brainless people.

The kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Ingrid Bergman

The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.
Dave Barry

The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.
Henry S. Haskins

The tongue wounds more than a lance.
Insults can do more damage than physical injuries.

The trouble with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.
Oscar Wilde

There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.
Susan Cain

We need a reason to speak but none to keep silent.
Pierre Nicole

We rest our legs, but never our mouths.

When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
Thomas Jefferson

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