To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
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.
Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.
We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
The honorablest part of talk is to give the occasion, and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else; for then a man leads the dance.
It is a difficult task to talk to the purpose, and to put life and perspicuity into our discourse.
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.
A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed.
When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
Set up the listening. Prepare who you are talking to for what you want them to hear. Get people to listen as a possibility rather than a problem.
Talking much about oneself may be a way of hiding oneself.
There is nothing more difficult than talking about music.
Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.
You get people talking about being worried about their art, and dances... their culture being wiped out or taken over, and yet these same people are taking advantage of their people to use them as cheap labour.
Singing is the love of my life, but I was ready to give it all up because I couldn't handle people talking about how fat I was.
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