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The Tongue -- Wise Sayings About The Tongue


 
 

A diplomat is one who can bring home the bacon without spilling the beans.

A dog has many friends because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

A fool empties his head every time he opens his mouth.

A good example of give and take is to take pains to give happiness.

A good listener is not only popular, but he learns while he listens.

A gossip is one who has a sense of rumor.

A gossip is one who keeps a swivel tongue in her head. 

A man too often shows his worst side to his better half.

A person who is wrong but won't admit it often gets angry.

Be sure your conversation generates more light than heat.

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Better to cause happiness where you go than to cause happiness when you go.

Beware of a half-truth; you may get hold of the wrong half.

Blessed are the brief for they will be invited again.

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, remains silent.

Choose your words carefully.  Talk is cheap, but you can't buy it back.

Complete honesty in little things is not a little thing at all.

Confession may be good for the soul, but it's often bad for the reputation.

Confession of our faults is the next best thing to innocence. 

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Despite inflation, a penny is still a fair price for too many people's thoughts.

Discussion is an exchange of intelligence.  Argument is an exchange of ignorance.

Don't answer a matter until you have paraphrased it back to the satisfaction of the other person.

Don't discourage another's plans unless you have better ones to offer.

Excuses are often the confession of failure.

Facts are stubborn things, but properly used, they will work hard for you.

Failure follows the man whose wishbone is where his backbone should be.

Faults are thick where love is thin.

Few doors are open to him who knocks all of the time.

Flattery, like perfume, should be inhaled and not swallowed.

Free expression is a safety valve.  Escaping steam alarms us, but is a sign of safety.

Gossips seldom repeat gossip... the way they heard it.

Great minds discuss ideas.  Good minds discuss events.  Small minds discuss people.

He is lonely who builds himself a wall instead of a bridge.

He that inquires much learns much.

He who easily chatters to you about others will easily chatter about you to others. 

He who sings his own praise is seldom asked for an encore.

He who talks by the yard and works by the inch should be removed by the foot.

Heated arguments cool friendships.

Holding a strong position often arouses strong opposition.

Ideas are like children: your own are very wonderful.

If we don't stand for something, we will fall for anything.

If you admit you're all wrong when you are, you're all right.

If you are losing an argument with your spouse, try a kiss.

If you must criticize, leave the person with the idea he has been helped.

If you show people you're a live wire, they won't step on you.

If you tell it, it could be gossip.  If you hear it, it's news.

If you want to keep your friends don't give them away.

In an argument, the best weapon to hold is your tongue.

Never use your tongue as a weapon.

Intuition enables a woman to contradict her husband before he says anything.

It also takes two to make up after the quarrel.

It is as thoughtful to acknowledge a good deed as to do one.

It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.

It's not necessary to repeat gossip if you speak clearly the first time.

Love and understanding turn a look into a smile and a house into a home.

Make promises cautiously, but once you have made them, fulfill them.

Many people are like whales--when they get to the top, they start to blow.

Most arguments are sound--mostly sound.

Mud thrown is ground lost.

Never advertise your troubles; there's no market for them.

Never get mad at one who knows more than you do.  It's not his fault, but yours.

No one has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.  (<"" />Lincoln)

No one is too big to be kind and courteous--but some are too little.

No one knows the weight of another's burden.

No personal charm is as great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.

Nothing is opened by mistake as often as one's mouth. 

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

One may not live by bread alone, but many try to get along on crust.

One person cannot hold another person down without stooping.

Patting yourself on the back is a poor way to get ahead.

People who get discovered and those who get found out can be very difficult.

People would get more concerned over fallout if it interfered with TV reception.

Poise is the act of raising the eyebrows rather than the roof.

Praise a man for a job well done, and he'll do the next one even better.

Probably the best remedy for anger is delay.

Quite often you can prove your command of the language by saying nothing.

Science may never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Some go through life as freight.  They can't seem to express themselves. 

Some people are like buttons--always popping off at the wrong time.

Some people talk like a book, but you can't shut them up as easily.

Speak well of your enemies; remember that you made them.

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Temper is so good a thing that we should never lose it.

The art of conversation includes the ability to disagree without being disagreeable.

The best way to be understood is to be understanding.

The chip on an angry man's shoulder is often only bark.

The fact that silence is golden may explain why there's so little of it.

The fellow who blows his horn the loudest is generally in a fog.

The less you say, the more you don't have to apologize.

There is no substitute for brains, but silence sometimes helps.

There's a difference between free speech and cheap talk.

There's a difference between good sound reasons and reasons that sound good.

There's something wrong with a person who is always right.

Those who can, do.  Those who can't, criticize. 

To refuse praise is to seek praise twice.

Each side tries to be the first to point out that the other arguer doesn't have an open mind.

Undeserved praise sometimes reacts as poison in disguise.

When in doubt, say the friendliest thing.

Learn how to compliment others behind their backs.

When you are right you can afford to keep your temper.

When you begin to dislike someone, say something nice to that person.

When your mouth is closed, you can't put your foot in it.

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.

Wise men know more than they tell.  Fools tell more than they know.

You are mature when keeping a secret gives more satisfaction that telling it.

You can flatter more people into excelling than you can criticize out their apathy.

You can never exercise an open mind and an open mouth at the same time.

You can't antagonize and influence at the same time.

You can't expect people to see eye to eye with you if you look down on them.

 



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Last updated: Jul, 2010
 
 

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