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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Talking
 
A great talker never wants for enemies.  Chinese.  1
A man of sense talks little and listens much.  Chinese.  2
Always talk big and you will not be forgotten.  French.  3
Beware of a man that does not talk and a dog that does not bark.  Portuguese.  4
Do not talk Arabic in the house of a Moor.  Spanish.  5
Do not talk Latin before the sacristans.  French.  6
Fore-talk spares after-talk.  German.  7
Great talkers are commonly liars.  8
Great talkers are like leaky pitchers: everything runs out of them.  9
Great talkers are not great doers.  French, Dutch.  10
Have a care of whom you talk,
To whom and what and where.  Horace.
  11
He has the gift of the gab; i.e., is a fluent talker.  12
He that hears much and speaks not all,
Shall be welcome both in bower and hall.
  13
He that talks to himself talks to a fool.  14
He who talks much is sometimes right.  Spanish.  15
I have a poor opinion of a man who talks to men what women should not hear.  Richardson.  16
It is very seldom that a great talker hath either discretion or good manners.  17
Leave a dog and a great talker in the middle of the street.  18
Let people talk and dogs bark.  German.  19
Long talk makes short days.  French.  20
Many talk like philosophers and live like fools.  21
Much talk little work.  Dutch.  22
Much talking enervates the judgment.  Turkish Spy.  23
Much talking, much erring.  Spanish.  24
People should talk not to please themselves but those who hear them.  25
Talk does not cook rice.  Chinese.  26
Talk is but talk; but ’tis money that buys land.  27
Talk little and well and you will be looked upon as somebody.  Spanish.  28
Talk much and err much.  29
Talk of camps but stay at home.  30
Talk of sporting but buy game in the market.  31
Talkers are no doers.  Shakespeare.  32
Talking comes by nature, science of understanding.  German.  33
Talking is easier than doing, and promising than performing.  German.  34
Talking is silver, silence is gold.  German.  35
Talking pays no toll.  36
Talking very much and lying are cousin Germans.  37
The eternal talker neither hears nor learns.  38
The greatest talkers are always the least doers.  39
The talker sows, the listener reaps.  Italian.  40
The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.  Benjamin Disraeli.  41
There is never much talk of a thing but there is some truth in it.  Italian.  42
They always talk who never think.  Pope.  43
’Tis remarkable that they talk most who have least to say.  Pope.  44
To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.  45
Who talks much errs much.  Spanish.  46
 
 
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