EGOTIST TONGUES There’s one good thing about egotists — they don’t talk about other people.
PRACTICAL PROVERBS If you have a soft voice, you don’t need a big stick. Be careful the words that you say, keep them soft and sweet. You never know from day to day which ones you will have to eat. Every day the world turns over on some one who has just been sitting on …
WHEN TO CLOSE YOUR MOUTH There are two times you should keep your mouth shut — when swimming and when angry. Submitted Michael W. Malone.
THE WRETCHED HOUSE OF THEY Have you heard of the terrible family They, and the dreadful venomous things They say? Why, half the gossip under the sun, if you trace it back, you will find begun, in that wretched House of They. A numerous family, so I am told, and its genealogical tree is old; …
GOSSIP HERE “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, sit right here by me.” Alice Roosevelt Longworth
KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT Have you heard the story about the mountain climber who fell and slid into a deep crevice? His friends lowered a rope to him and said, “Grab hold of the rope!” “I can’t, came the reply, “my arms are broken.” “Then wrap your legs around it!” “I can’t, he said, “I’ve …
JODIE FOSTER ON COMMUNICATION Jodie Foster was born and grew up in – – where else? — Los Angeles, a city she approaches, as she does many things: with a sense of humor: ‘If you’ve grown up there, you realize how silly it is, and you love it for that. It’s a fun place. You …
MOUTH SHUT WISDOM Wisdom is the ability to keep your mouth shut while your mind continues to talk to itself.
TALK WELL OR MUCH He who talks much cannot talk well. — C. Goldoni
DAILY WORDS The average person speaks about 4,800 words a day. Statistics are not available as to how many were necessary or beneficial. Adapted from a submission by Steve Morrison
PROBLEM WITH FAST TALK The problem with talking too fast is that it increases the chances of saying something that we have not yet thought of.
WHAT YOU SAY IS WHAT YOU KNOW Listening is the way to gain wisdom, because everything you say, you already know.
NEVER OUTSPOKEN There was a man at the party who seemed a self-appointed authority on every subject. One of the guests approached the host of the party and told the host: “He certainly is outspoken, isn’t he?” The host disagreed: “Not by anyone I know.”
SLEEP TALK A psychiatrist was with his client who happened to be a pastor with a low self-image. One of the questions he asked was if the pastor ever talked in his sleep. “Oh no,” answered the pastor, “but I do talk while others sleep.” From Bruce Rowlison, Gilroy, California, adapted
MOUTH MOST OPENED BY MISTAKE There is nothing that is more frequently opened by mistake than is the mouth.
GLIB TONGUE The tongue is glib. With a wide range of words at its command, it can express our thoughts in any style and as a rule one gets the kind of answer one has asked for. From the Iliad
WHEN WORK SPEAKS When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt! Anonymous
MIND & MOUTH SIZES Here is a bad combination: A narrow mind and a wide mouth. Adapted from a submission by John Fitts, Palm Harbor, Florida
IMPROVEMENT ON SILENCE A tourist spending the night in a small Vermont town joined a group of men sitting on the porch of the general store. After several vain attempts to start a conversation, he finally asked, “Is there a law against talking in this town?” “Nope, no law agin it,” replied one crusty old …
SPEECH CENTER Neurosurgeons tell us that the speech center rules the entire brain. To speak gives control over the entire body. — James 3:1-7