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We women talk too much, but even then we don't tell half what we know.
- Nancy Astor
It would talk;
Lord, how it talked!
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
The Scornful Lady (act IV, sc. 1)
Whose talk is of bullocks.
- Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
(ch. XXXVIII, v. 25)
But still his tongue ran on, the less
Of weight it bore, with greater ease.
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. III, canto II, l. 443)
With vollies of eternal babble.
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. III, canto II, l. 453)
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
- Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles L. Dodgson),
Through the Looking Glass (ch. IV)
Persuasion tips his tongue whene'er he talks.
- Colley Cibber, Parody of Pope's lines
Words learn'd by rote a parrot may rehearse,
But talking is not always to converse,
Not more distinct from harmony divine
The constant creaking of a country sign.
- William Cowper, Conversation (l. 7)
But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little, and who talk too much.
- John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
(pt. I, l. 533)
You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
- Duke Ellington
My tongue within my lips I rein:
For who talks much must talk in vain.
- John Gay, Introduction to the Fables
(pt. I, l. 57)
He who talks much cannot always talk well.
[It., Chi parla troppo non puo parlar sempre bene.]
- Carlo Goldoni, Pamela (I, 6)
Stop not, unthinking, every friend you meet
To spin your wordy fabric in the street;
While you are emptying your colloquial pack,
The fiend Lumbago jumps upon his back.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
Urania--A Rhymed Lesson, l. 439
No season now for calm, familiar talk.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
(bk. XXII, l. 169), (Pope's translation)
Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time.
- Edgar Watson Howe
Talk to him of Jacob's ladder, and he would ask the number of the steps.
- Douglas William Jerrold,
A Matter-of-Fact Man
All discourses but my own afflict me; they seem harsh, impertinent, and irksome.
- Ben Jonson
And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south
With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth;
Four things greater than all things are--
Women and Horses and Power and War.
- Rudyard Kipling, Ballad of the King's Jest
Then he will talk--good gods, how he will talk!
- Nathaniel Lee, Alexander the Great
(act I, sc. 1)
In general those who nothing have to say
Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it.
- James Russell Lowell,
To Charles Eliot Norton
Oft has it been my lot to mark
A proud, conceited, talking spark.
- James Merrick, The Chameleon
Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.
- Wilson Mizner
His talk was like a stream which runs
With rapid change from rock to roses;
It slipped from politics to puns;
It passed from Mahomet to Moses;
Beginning with the laws that keep
The planets in the radiant courses,
And ending with some precept deep
For dressing eels or shoeing horses.
- Winthrop Mackworth Praed, The Vicar
They never taste who always drink;
They always talk who never think.
- Matthew Prior,
Upon a Passage in the Scaligerana
I prithee take the cork out of thy mouth, that I may drink thy tidings.
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It
(Rosalind at III, ii)
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