English Story


Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.
-- Alford


I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
-- Anonymous


The only weapon that becomes sharper with constant use is the tongue.
-- Anonymous


There's nothing wrong with having nothing to say -- unless you insist on saying it.
-- Anonymous


The best time to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
-- Josh Billings


The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton


I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm.
-- Calvin Coolidge


Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
-- Gandhi


Silence is argument carried out by other means.
-- Ernesto "Che" Guevara


When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
-- Ernest Hemingway


The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.
-- Kin Hubbard


Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of a great sculpture.
-- Aldous Huxley


Value your words. Each one may be the last.
-- Stanislaw J. Lec


I feel that if a person has problems communicating the very least he can do is to shut up.
-- Tom Lehrer


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
-- Abraham Lincoln


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


Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh


No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
-- Mignon McLaughlin


He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
-- John Stuart Mill


We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
-- John Stuart Mill


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
-- Mother Teresa


It was the greatest of the imperfect ventriloquist acts: when his lips moved, her body sang.
-- Tom Robbins


The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
-- George Bernard Shaw


He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
-- Sydney Smith, referring to Macaulay


If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.
-- James McNeill Whistler


Conversation, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will.
-- Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway