“The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.”

  • Aristotle, Poetics(XXII)

“I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.”

  • Cato the Elder

“Say not always what you know, but know always what you say.”

  • Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus

“Silence is one the greatest arts of conversation.”

  • Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I think the written word is probably the best medium of communication because you have time to reflect, you have time to choose your words, to get your sentences right.

  • Richard Dawkins

“We have two ears and one tongue so that we could listen more and talk less.”

  • Epictetus

“Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.”

  • Epictetus

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”

  • Epictetus

“If there is any one secret of success it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from their angle as well as your own.”

  • Henry Ford

“A person only hears what he understands.”

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

  • Plato

“If you wish to converse with me define your terms.”

  • Voltaire

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”

  • Ludwig Wittgenstein