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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
        Colossians, Chap. iv. Ver. 6.
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A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act IV. Scene 2. (Hamlet to Rosencrantz.)
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Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much—your hand thus; but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (The Prince and certain Players.)
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O, it offends me to the soul, to see a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings; who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise: I could have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant; it outherods Herod; pray you, avoid it.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (The Prince to the Players.)
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Where Nature’s end of language is declined,
And men talk only to conceal the mind.
        Dr. Young.—Sat. II. Line 207. (To Chesterfield.)
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The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
        Goldsmith.—The Bee, No. 3.
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They only employ words for the purpose of concealing their thoughts.
        Voltaire.—Le Chapon et la Poulard.
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Speech is the index of the mind.
        Seneca.—Epi. 1, near the end.
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Speech is silvern, Silence is golden.
        German Proverb.—T. Carlyle phrases it—Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden.—Sartor Resartus. Ch. III. Bk. 3.
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