Talking Quotes

Most popular talking quotes

If you can't add to the discussion, don't subtract by talking.

advisory discussion

Talking too much is a far greater social fault than talking too little.
The opposite of talking isn't listening.  The opposite of talking is waiting.

conversation listening

Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.


Must we always talk for victory, and never once for truth, for comfort, for joy?
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

listening wisdom

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

illusion problems

Improvisation is the essence of good talk.  Heaven defend us from the talker who doles out things prepared for us!


People do not seem to talk for the sake of expressing their opinions, but to maintain an opinion for the sake of talking.
Is there any place where there is no traffic in empty talk?  Is there on this earth one who does not worship himself talking?

Thinking gives a lot of pain.
Talking doesn't cost a thing.
Therefore, rest your weary brain
and give your tongue a fling.


In much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.  For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hand on the strings to stop their vibrations as in twanging them to bring our their music.
Talk is the greatest industry, and all human beings move in clouds of it—not merely their own, but in the rumors and representations of others, to which they are sometimes painfully sensitive.
Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.