Holding Your Tongue Quotes

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It is a prudent man who never reveals how little he thinks of others or how much he thinks of himself.
Silence seldom doth harm.
A closed mouth gathers no feet.


I only open my mouth to change feet.

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The good and the wise lead quiet lives.
Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.


Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
— American proverb

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Two great talkers will not travel far together.

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When the mouth stumbles, it is worse than the foot.
— African proverb

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If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it.
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
The tongue is the deadliest of all blunt instruments.


From listening comes wisdom and from speaking repentance.


If you say what you think, don't expect to hear what you like.

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Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
The saying "silence is gold" applies only to fools so they keep quiet.
A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can't catch it.
— Russian proverb

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Words are as beautiful as wild horses, and sometimes as difficult to corral.
If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

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If your thoughts
are rubbish merely,
don't express yourself
too clearly.
A dog has a lot of friends and fun, maybe because he wags his tail and not his tongue.
The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a wise man, wisdom hath in keeping.
The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.


Look out how you use proud words. When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.
Married life teaches one invaluable lesson: to think of things far enough ahead not to say them.

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Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
Tact is the rare ability to keep silent while two friends are arguing, and you know both of them are wrong.


Sainthood emerges when you can listen to someone's tale of woe and not respond with a description of your own.

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If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.  Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.


Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue, to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.

On Thoughts and Words I.
If no thought
your mind does visit,
make your speech
not too explicit.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without comment.
One of the best rules in conversation is never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.


The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing in a tempting moment.