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Talk is cheap, but you can seldom buy it back. ~~ Unattributed

No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the mistake is to do it solemnly. ~~ Michel de Montaigne

If dogs could talk, perhaps we'd find it just as hard to get along with them as we do with people. ~~ Karl Capek

Don't be afraid to talk to yourself. It's the only way you can be sure somebody's listening. ~~ Franklin P. Jones

It is all right if you talk to yourself. It is all right if you answer yourself. But when you start disagreeing with the answers, you've got a problem. ~~ R. E. Phillips

Some people talk because they think sound is more manageable than silence. ~~ Margaret Halsey

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mistake proves that someone stopped talking long enough to do something. ~~ Phoenix Flame

The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don't talk much. ~~ Germain G. Glidden

Nixon is ... one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides. ~~ Harry S. Truman

If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring. ~~ Marya Mannes

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans. ~~ Reubin Askew

Let us talk sense to the American people. Let us tell them the truth, that there are not gains without pains. ~~ Adlai Stevenson

The best date movies give you something to talk about. A movie that's a downer is a great way to find out about someone. ~~ Roger Ebert

[On doing another talk show:] It would be like going back to a relationship. Ever do that? You go out with a girl you used to date, she looks so damn good, and then at a certain point you say, Boy, now I remember. I know why I left! ~~ Arsenio Hall

When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half. ~~ Gracie Allen

I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk. ~~ William Howard Taft

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to. ~~ Carl Sandburg

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. ~~ Arthur Miller

Why is it that when we talk to God, we're praying -- but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic? ~~ Lily Tomlin

It ain't a bad plan to keep still occasionally, even when you know what you're talking about. ~~ Kin Hubbard

A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still; and there are not many friends who know enough to do that. ~~ Lyman Abbott

They always talk who never think. ~~ Matthew Prior

[To a talkative woman:] Madam, don't you have any unexpressed thoughts? ~~ George S. Kaufman

The rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you. ~~ Katherine Whitehorn

We talk on principle, but we act on interest. ~~ Walter Savage Landor

I express many absurd opinions, but I am not the first man to do it; American freedom consists largely in talking nonsense. ~~ Edgar Watson Howe

It is possible by long-continued practice, not merely in lying, but in talking on subjects in which we have no real interest, not to know when we are sincere and when we are not. ~~ Mark Rutherford

A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. ~~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The trouble is that everyone talks about reforming others, and no one thinks about reforming himself. ~~ Saint Peter of Alcantara

We'll talk without listening to each other; that is the best way to get along. ~~ Alfred De Musset

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense. ~~ Robert Frost

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something. ~~ Plato

When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something. ~~ Jaren Sparks

You may use different sorts of sentences and illustrations before different sorts of audiences, but you don't -- if you are wise -- talk down to any audience. ~~ Norman Thomas

Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control. ~~ Denis Diderot

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough. ~~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please. ~~ Pythagoras

Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read. ~~ Frank Zappa

For God's sake don't say yes until I've finished talking. ~~ Darryl F. Zanuck

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we say is true. ~~ Bertrand Russell

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. ~~ Clement Attlee

Money doesn't talk, it swears. ~~ Bob Dylan

An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him ain't listening. ~~ Marlon Brando

Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody. ~~ Helen Gurley Brown

Talkers are no good doers. ~~ William Shakespeare

There's not the least thing can be said or done, but people will talk and find fault. ~~ Miguel de Cervantes

When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting. ~~ Saint Jerome

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. ~~ Euripides

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. ~~ Vermont proverb

Lonely people talking to each other can make each other lonelier. ~~ Lillian Hellman

No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstood others. ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One nice thing about egotists: They don't talk about other people. ~~ Lucille S. Harper

Well that's simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word. ~~ Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (film, 1986)

Do you always talk in bumper stickers? ~~ Postcards from the Edge (film, 1990)

Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience. ~~ Calvin & Hobbes (cartoon)

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. ~~ Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting. ~~ Mark Twain

It is a common delusion that you can make things better by talking about them. ~~ Dame Rose Macauley