|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|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.
|A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.|
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act IV. Scene 2. (Hamlet to Rosencrantz.)
|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 muchyour 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.)
|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 oerdoing Termagant; it outherods Herod; pray you, avoid it.|
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (The Prince to the Players.)
|Where Natures end of language is declined,|
And men talk only to conceal the mind.
Dr. Young.Sat. II. Line 207. (To Chesterfield.)
|The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.|
Goldsmith.The Bee, No. 3.
|They only employ words for the purpose of concealing their thoughts.|
Voltaire.Le Chapon et la Poulard.
|Speech is the index of the mind.|
Seneca.Epi. 1, near the end.
|Speech is silvern, Silence is golden.|
German Proverb.T. Carlyle phrases itSprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden.Sartor Resartus. Ch. III. Bk. 3.