Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Then he will talk—good gods, how he will talk!
Lee.—Alexander the Great, Act I. Scene 1. (Statira to Sysigambis and Paristatis.)

In the after dinner talk,
Across the walnuts and the wine.
Tennyson.—The Miller’s Daughter, Verse 4, last Lines.

But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little, and who talk too much.
Dryden.—Absalom and Achitophel, Part I. Line 533.

Consider, I’m a peer of the realm, and I shall die if I don’t talk.
Reynolds.—The Dramatist, Act II. Scene 2.

Talkers are no good doers.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act I. Scene 3. (A Murderer to Richard.)

The talkative listen to no one, for they are ever speaking. And the first evil that attends those who know not to be silent is, that they hear nothing.
Plutarch.—De Garrulitate, Ch. I.

Be check’d for silence,
But never tax’d for speech.
Shakespeare.—All’s Well that Ends Well, Act I. Scene 1. (Countess Rousillon to Bertram.)

If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me;
I had it from my father.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act I. Scene 4. (Lord Sands to Anne Bullen and another Lady.)

I’ll talk a word with this same learned Theban:—
What is your study?
Shakespeare.—King Lear, Act III. Scene 4. (The King to Kent.)

Talking and eloquence are not the same; to speak and to speak well, are two things.
Ben Jonson.—Discoveries.