Still his tongue ran on; the less weight it bore with greater ease; and with its everlasting clack, set all men's ears upon the rack.
A talkative fellow may be compared to an unbraced drum, which beats a wise man out of his wits.—Loquacity is ever running, and almost incurable.
Learn to hold thy tongue; five words cost Zacharias forty weeks of silence.
Thou may'st esteem a man of many words and many lies much alike.
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it, for error is always talkative.
There are braying men in the world as well as braying asses; for what is loud and senseless talking and swearing other than braying.
Those who have few affairs to attend to are great speakers.—The less men think the more they talk.
They always talk who never think, and who have the least to say.
Be always less willing to speak than to hear; what thou hearest, thou receivest; what thou speakest thou givest.—It is more glorious to give, but more profitable to receive.
Speaking much is a sign of vanity, for he that is lavish in words is a niggard in deed.
Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing; his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them they are not worth the search.
You cram these words into mine ears against the stomach of my sense.
He loves to hear himself talk, and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.
Many a man's tongue shakes out its master's undoing.
They only babble who practise not reflection.—I shall think; and thought is silence.
The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a wise man, wisdom hath in keeping.
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.
Labor to show more wit in discourse than words, and not to pour out a flood of the one, when you can hardly wring out of your brains a drop of the other.
No fool can be silent at a feast.
A man that speaks too much, and museth but little, wasteth his mind in words, and is counted a fool among men.