Great Throughts Treasury

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Diogenes Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"

We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.

Character | Order |

Tyron Edwards

To murder character is as truly a crime as to murder the body: the tongue of the slanderer is brother to the dagger of the assassin.

Body | Character | Crime | Murder | Murder |

Euripedes NULL

A tongue without reins, definance, unwisdom - their end is disaster. But the life of quiet gfood, the wisdom that accepts - these abaide unshaken, preserving, sustaining the houses of men.

Character | Life | Life | Men | Quiet | Wisdom |

Robert Hall

Let your words be few and digested, it is a shame for the tongue to cry the heart mercy, much more to cast itself upon the uncertain pardon of others’ ears.

Character | Heart | Mercy | Pardon | Shame | Words |

Saint Jerome, aka Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymous, Hierom or Jerom NULL

No one loves to tell of scandal except to him who loves to hear it. Learn, then, to rebuke and check the detracting tongue by showing that you do not listen to it with pleasure.

Character | Pleasure | Rebuke | Scandal |

Washington Irving

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

Age | Character | Temper |

Khati I NULL

The tongue of a man is his weapon, and speech is mightier than fighting.

Character | Fighting | Man | Speech |

Roger L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange

Much tongue and much judgment seldom go together.

Character | Judgment |

Francis Quarles

If thy words be too luxuriant, confine them, lest they confide thee; he that thinks he never can speak enough may easily speak too much. A full tongue and an empty brain are seldom parted.

Character | Enough | Words |

Francis Quarles

A fool's heart is in his tongue; but a wise man's tongue is in his heart.

Character | Heart | Man | Wise |

Sappho NULL

When anger swells the heart, the idly-barking tongue restrain.

Anger | Character | Heart |

John Greenleaf Whittier

For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been."

Character | Words |

Amen-em-apt NULL

The tongue of a man is the rudder of a ship, but the Universal Lord is its pilot.

Lord | Man | Wisdom |

Anahareo, given name Gertrude Moltke Bernard NULL

The tongue is, at the same, the best part of a man, and his worst; with good government, none is more useful; without it, none is more mischievous.

Good | Government | Man | Wisdom |

Vittorio Alfieri

There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly that the tongue is able to so.

Love | Silence | Wisdom | Child |

Babylonian Talmud

Slander is called the third tongue because it slays three persons, the speaker, the spoken to, and the spoken of.

Slander | Wisdom |

William Camden

What the Harte thinketh, the Tongue speaketh.

Wisdom |