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


Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibrations, as in twanging them to bring out their music.
Holmes.—The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, Chap. I.

In general those who have nothing to say
Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it.
Lowell.—An Oriental Apologue, Stanza 15.

The inexhaustible talk that was the flow of a golden sea of eloquence and wisdom.
William Winter.—English Rambles, Part I. Chap. VI.