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False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Plato

The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.
Thomas Jefferson

The best of conversations occur when there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet
interchange of sentiments.
Samuel Johnson

Words are feminine; deeds are masculine.
Baltasar Gracian

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you
anywhere.
Lee Iacocca

The small man gossips. The average man lets him. The great man stays silent and allows
what is said of him to make him greater still.
Stephen Mansfield

Learn a new language and get a new soul.
Czech proverb

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
Confucius

By curbing his tongue, a man gains possession of his mind. The fool babbles, gossips, argues,
and bandies words. He glories in the fact that he has had the last word, and has silenced his
opponent. He exults in his own folly, is ever on the defensive, and wastes his energies in
unprofitable channels. He is like a gardener who continues to dig and plant in unproductive
soil. The wise man avoids idle words, gossips, vain argument, and self-defence. He is content
to appear defeated; rejoices when he is defeated; knowing that, having found and removed
another error in himself, he has thereby become wiser. Blessed is he who does not strive for
the last word.
James Allen

I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.
George Eliot

Never be so brief as to become obscure.
Tryon Edwards

Be impeccable with your word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against
yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and
love.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.
Jim Rohn

A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable
conversations he or she is willing to have.
Tim Ferriss

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves... let us be above such
transparent egotism.
Will Durant

I wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone is using theirs?
Beryl Pfizer

If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the
use of speech.
William Somerset Maugham

Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
Joseph Conrad

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Go to the people. Live with them, learn from them, love them.
Lao Tzu

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for
good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Gossip is sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it
proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
George Eliot

Law 4
Always Say Less Than Necessary

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you
appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if
you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by
saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.
Robert Greene

One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no
soon enough.
Josh Billings

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
Elie Wiesel

Mincing your words makes it easier if you have to eat them later.
Franklin P. Jones

Communication is not only the essence of being human, but also a vital property of life.
John A. Piece

I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
Benjamin Banneker

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument.
William G. McAdoo

Men gossip less than women, but mean it.
Mignon McLaughlin

There is all the difference in the world between having something to say and having to say
something.
John Dewey

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as
much as they say.
Charles Caleb Colton



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