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Proverbs containing the word Speak

A word spoken is past recalling

Once you have said a thing, it is too late to regret having said it. We find the following in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward... Read more →

When all men speak, no man hears

Unless we listen to each other, we shall learn nothing

There’s many a true word spoken in jest

Remarks not meant to be taken seriously frequently turn out to be true. For example: 'That's a nice car you've got there, Frank,' said his... Read more →

There is a time to speak and a time to be silent

Sometimes it is prudent to say nothing, especially in consideration for other's people feelings.  

Speak well of the dead

Speak well of them, for they cannot speak for themselves. 'Death softens all resentments', wrote John Greenleaf Whittier, the American poet,... Read more →

Speak the truth and shame the devil

Speak the truth boldly in defiance of strong temptation to tell lies.

Speak fair and think what you like

To 'speak fair' is to treat others with civility. Think what you like about them, but be polite when you speak to them. There is, however, the... Read more →

Silence is golden

Sometimes it's better to be silent than to speak. See Speech is silver, silence is golden.

He that has a great nose thinks everybody is speaking of it

Don't be self-conscious. Don't be embarrassed if you have a big nose, or your ears stick out, or you need a hair-do, or you didn't clean your... Read more →

He that commits a fault thinks everyone speaks of it

When you have done something wrong you are so conscious of it that you feel that everyone else knows about it.