Quotes and Sayings about Tongue
"Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children's children, pure on their tongues, and free."
- Anna Akhmatova
(Related: Children, Songs, Word)
"He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel of Aristotle, to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do: and so should every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him."
- Roger Ascham
(Related: Men, People, Judgment, Man, Tongue, Will)
"O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with which to praise the Lord. It utters a thousand pious follies, in a continuous endeavor to please Him who thus possesses it."
- Saint Teresa of Avila
(Related: God, Soul, Praise, Tongue)
"Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Civilization, Action, Drama, Pleasure)
"In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person."
- George Bancroft
"Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: English, Example, Lady, Identity, Poison)
"Battle, n., A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Battle, Tongue, Yield)
"The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Time, Tongue)
"That's a rule in the business. No tongue. You can't really get into it, otherwise, it's weird. I think that particular scene made his (Adam Brody) girlfriend jealous. There were issues."
- Rachel Bilson
(Related: Business, Girlfriend, Tongue)
"A few years ago I was at a party and this guy threw me over his shoulder, ran across the street, put me in his car, and stuck his tongue in my mouth."
- Rachel Bilson
(Related: Car, Party, Tongue, Years)
"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."
- Hal Borland
(Related: Heart, Dancing, Fire, Tongue)
"I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit and to mothball his opinions."
- Omar N. Bradley
(Related: Opinions, Service, Tongue)
"It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Men, Judgment, Wit)
"The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood."
(Related: Blood, Tongue)
"You come before me this morning with clean hands and clean collars. I want you to have clean tongues, clean manners, clean morals and clean characters."
- John Burns
(Related: Manners, Morals, Want)
"It's going to be the year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Quick, Tongue)
"The tongue may be employed about, and made to serve all the purposes of vice, in tempting and deceiving, in perjury and injustice."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Injustice, May, Tongue, Vice)
"In Hollywood today, it's cool for guys to wear nail polish and earrings in their lips and tongues. I don't get it."
- Scott Caan
(Related: Hollywood, Today)
"If a man is tongue-tied, don't laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs."
- Abraham Cahan
(Related: Man, Pity, Tongue)
"It's a very good time for horror. This business certainly has changed, but there's still room for serious horror films. Look at 28 Days Later, that's not a tongue-in-cheek picture."
- John Carpenter
(Related: Business, Time, Horror, Tongue)
"The eyes those silent tongues of love."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Love, Eyes)
"Every knee will bend before me, and every tongue shall give glory to God."
- Jesus Christ
(Related: God, Glory, Tongue, Will)
"I have healed the sick by the power of the God. I have spoken with the gift of tongues."
- Clayton Christensen
(Related: Power, God)
"I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Knowledge, Loquacity, Tongue)
"Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue."
- Adam Clarke
(Related: Heart, Prayer, Tongue)
"A woman may have a witty tongue or a stinging pen but she will never laugh at her own individual shortcomings."
- Irvin S. Cobb
(Related: May, Pen, Tongue, Will, Witty, Woman)
"Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Truth, Friends, Poison, Youth)
"Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Men, Eyes, Order, Tongue)
"The sweetest noise on earth, a woman's tongue; A string which hath no discord."
- Barry Cornwall
(Related: Earth, Tongue, Woman)
"Among these temples there is one which far surpasses all the rest, whose grandeur of architectural details no human tongue is able to describe; for within its precincts, surrounded by a lofty wall, there is room enough for a town of five hundred families."
- Hernando Cortes
(Related: Rest, Tongue)
"Not necessarily, a lot of my songs are firmly tongue in cheek."
- David Coverdale
(Related: Songs, Tongue)
"Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks."
- Davy Crockett
(Related: Heart, Tongue)
"I like reading Ball Tongue lyrics and all that stuff. And they published a book, and I wouldn't give my lyrics, and it's all wrong in the book, and I giggle. It's funny."
- Jonathan Davis
(Related: Funny, Reading, Tongue, Wrong)
"A quote is just a tattoo on the tongue."
- William F. DeVault
"Russell Baker writes columns as a poet writes light verse - with tongue in cheek and a steady hand."
- Thomas D'Evelyn
(Related: Light, Tongue)
"We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less."
(Related: Talk, Tongue)
"For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love."
- John Donne
(Related: Love, God, Tongue)
"There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do."
- William Drummond
(Related: Love, Silence, Tongue)
"Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips, lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace... on much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety."
- William Drummond
(Related: Peace, Repentance, Safety, Silence, Tongue, Words)
"True hearts have eyes and ears, no tongues to speak; they hear and see, and sigh, and then they break."
- Edward Dyer
"The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Communication, Fire, Language, Living)
"You remember that my great vision came to me when I was only nine years old, and you have seen that I was not much good for anything until after I had performed the horse dance near the mouth of the Tongue River during my eighteenth summer."
- Black Elk
(Related: Dance, Vision, Old, Summer, Tongue, Years)
"If it's supposed to be a really passionate snog, you slip the tongue in."
- Jennifer Ellison
"The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Fame, Martyr, Prison, Tongue)
"If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Man, Tongue)
"O friend unseen, unborn, unknown, Student of our sweet English tongue, I never indulge in poetics - Unless I am down with rheumatics."
- Quintus Ennius
(Related: Friend, English, Tongue)
"You know how most dogs lick you on the cheek? If you're sleeping and not ready for it, my dog, Joe, will get his tongue inside your mouth. It's by far the worst kiss I've ever had."
- Will Estes
(Related: Kiss, Dogs, Tongue, Will)
"'Twas but my tongue, 'twas not my soul that swore."
(Related: Soul, Tongue)
"Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue."
- Henry Fielding
(Related: Change, Heart, Circumstances, Joy, Tongue)
"You must learn to talk clearly. The jargon of scientific terminology which rolls off your tongues is mental garbage."
- Martin H. Fischer
(Related: Jargon, Talk)
"Homer's whole language, the language in which he lived, the language that he breathed, because he never saw it, or certainly those who formed his tradition never saw it, in characters on the pages. It was all on the tongue and in the ear."
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Related: Language, Tongue, Tradition)
"Love's tongue is in his eyes."
- John Fletcher
(Related: Love, Eyes, Tongue)
"You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart."
- John Ford
(Related: Heart, Tongue)
"Junipers are generally chosen for the latter purpose, as they can be more readily bent into the desired form; the eyes and tongue are added afterwards, and the representation altogether is really good."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Purpose, Eyes, Tongue)
"When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Men, Heart, Poets, Tongue, Woman)
"One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue and tear."
- Marilyn French
(Related: Art, Life, Heart, Emotions, Events, Mind, Tongue)
"The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are."
- Robert Fulghum
(Related: Change, Love, Needs, Tourists, Will, World)
"There is nothing that so much gratifies an ill tongue as when it finds an angry heart."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Heart, Nothing, Tongue)
"Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue."
- Hermione Gingold
(Related: Idea, Fighting, Tongue, Woman)
"I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say."
- Ellen Glasgow
(Related: Fire, Opinion, Tongue, Words)
"It is a sign that your reputation is small and sinking if your own tongue must praise you."
- Matthew Hale
(Related: Praise, Reputation, Tongue)
"Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race."
- Johann G. Hamann
(Related: Poetry, Mother, Race)
"There are accents in the eye which are not on the tongue, and more tales come from pale lips than can enter an ear. It is both the grandeur and the pain of the remoter moods that they avoid the pathway of sound."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Eye, Moods, Pain, Sound, Tongue)
"That other saying, I'm a part of all that I have met, I think that would have to begin with my wonderful parents back in Atlanta when I was a youngster five years old I was tongue tied."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Old, Parents, Saying, Tongue, Years)
"I prefer a kiss that is so much more than just a tongue in your mouth."
- Katherine Heigl
(Related: Kiss, Tongue)
"I speak English, so I am no longer cute. My tongue itches for French."
- Anna Held
(Related: Cute, English, Tongue)
"He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel."
- Matthew Henry
"The pen is the tongue of the mind."
(Related: Mind, Pen, Tongue)
"A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Age, Temper, Tongue)
"A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use."
- Washington Irving
"The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use."
- Washington Irving
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Love, Power, Deep, Grief, Tears, Weakness)
"Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Age, Temper, Tongue)
"An Englishman's never so natural as when he's holding his tongue."
- Henry James
"This universe can very well be expressed in words and syllables which are not those of one's mother tongue."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Mother, Tongue, Universe, Words)
"I will speak with a straight tongue."
- Chief Joseph
(Related: Tongue, Will)
"There are the further difficulties of building a population out of a diversity of races, each at a different stage of cultural evolution, some in need of restraint, many in need of protection; everywhere a bewildering Babel of tongues."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Building, Difficulties, Diversity, Evolution, Population, Protection, Restraint)
"The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races and tongues which came to accept its way of life."
- Aly Khan
(Related: History, Life, Civilization, Islam)
"He missed an invaluable opportunity to hold his tongue."
- Andrew Lang
(Related: Opportunity, Tongue)
"The new Germany has the unquestionable right to hold its tongue between its teeth."
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: Germany, Right, Tongue)
"You can't make people believe in you if you play a horror part with your tongue in your cheek."
- Bela Lugosi
(Related: People, Horror, Play, Tongue)
"We might knit that knot with our tongues that we shall never undo with our teeth."
- John Lyly
"After I became a citizen, I felt freer to say what I thought about this country, both negative and positive. I think I had been, consciously and subconsciously, biting my tongue in the past."
- Robert MacNeil
(Related: Thought, Negative, Positive, Country, Past, Tongue)
"Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know,' and thou shalt progress."
(Related: Progress, Tongue)
"Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen."
(Related: Books, Pen, Proof, Tongue, Will)
"If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue."
- Alice Duer Miller
(Related: Time, Friends, Pleasure, Tongue)
"At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune, I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues."
- Gabriela Mistral
(Related: Fortune, Poets, Race, Voice)
"I want to make wines that harmonize with food - wines that almost hug your tongue with gentleness."
- Robert Mondavi
(Related: Food, Tongue, Want)
"Allan had come down wanting to do some sort of crucial music and I'd been involved in so-called Art Music and wanted to explore other areas - we were approaching it in some quite tongue-in-cheek ways and we had a lot of fun - we spent more time laughing than playing music."
- Jamie Muir
(Related: Art, Music, Time, Fun, Tongue)
"This is courtship all the world over - the man all tongue; the woman all ears."
- Emily Murphy
(Related: Courtship, Man, Tongue, Woman, World)
"I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers, If I belittle dogs and mothers."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Hope, Dogs, Mothers, Tongue)
"Vicksburg lies on top of a bluff on the east side of a large tongue of land jutting out into the Mississippi."
- Knute Nelson
(Related: Land, Lies, Tongue)
"By the time I got to the hospital, I certainly realised that I had a problem because I couldn't write or print at that time, which lasted luckily only about four months. I'd gone numb here and on my tongue and the right foot a little bit."
- John Newcombe
(Related: Time, Months, Right, Tongue)
"There's an element of tongue-in-cheek in every one of our songs. Walking off into the sunset, holding hands, and being married forever was not exactly a brand new idea."
- Peter Noone
(Related: Idea, Being, Songs, Sunset, Tongue, Walking)
"I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it."
- Flannery O'Connor
(Related: Credit, Tongue)
"Good copy can't be written with tongue in cheek, written just for a living. You've got to believe in the product."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Living, Tongue)
"You can change your world by changing your words... Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue."
- Joel Osteen
(Related: Change, Death, Life, Power, Tongue, Words, World)
"Even on the most serious ballads, I'll throw in a tongue-in-cheek remark."
- Brad Paisley
(Related: Ballads, Tongue)
"Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue."
- Cesare Pavese
"Now they're getting so politically correct you can't even stick your tongue out at somebody."
- Richard Petty
(Related: Now, Tongue)
"Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound."
- Peace Pilgrim
(Related: Power, Tongue)
"There are many men whose tongues might govern multitudes if they could govern their tongues."
- George Dennison Prentice
"Age makes all things greater after their death; a name comes to the tongue easier from the grave."
- Sextus Propertius
(Related: Age, Death, Grave, Name, Tongue)
"Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Heaven, Tongue)
"Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue."
(Related: Men, Thought, Ambition, Tongue)
"If you watch Olivier's interviews, he has this reptilian tongue; it seems too big for his mouth. My pursuit of that became distracting, so I let it go. The thrill was finding the right pair of glasses."
- Julian Sands
(Related: Pursuit, Right, Tongue)
"When I need a word and do not find it in French, I select it from other tongues, and the reader has either to understand or translate me. Such is my fate."
- Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin
(Related: Fate, Word)
"I've never felt that using something with tongue in cheek has been a bad thing."
- John Schlesinger
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Life, Books, Brooks, Public, Running, Sermons, Trees)
"Give thy thoughts no tongue."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Thoughts, Tongue)
"The thing that made Groucho special was the way he used his body parts. He also had a wicked tongue. People didn't realize it, but when Groucho said something, he meant it."
- Sidney Sheldon
(Related: People, Body, Tongue)
"A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Mother, Daughter, Tongue)
"On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Poetry, People, America, Friends, July, Language, Now, Poems, Tongue, Writing)
"Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Argument, Bigotry, Fire, Intolerance, Old, Persecution, Silence, Tongue)
"I'm forbidden fruit. Once you go to certain households, mommy doesn't want you to see that dirty man who sticks his tongue out and spits out blood and all that stuff."
- Gene Simmons
(Related: Blood, Forbidden, Man, Tongue, Want)
"Hearts that are delicate and kind and tongues that are neither - these make the finest company in the world."
- Logan Pearsall Smith
(Related: Company, World)
"The natural habitat of the tongue is the left cheek."
- Red Smith
"Now I see that going out into the testing ground of men it is the tongue and not the deed that wins the day."
(Related: Men, Day, Deed, Now, Testing, Tongue)
"Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Men, Difficulty, Nothing, Words)
"I drink for the effect, because it loosens up the tongue a little bit."
- Peter Steele
(Related: Effect, Tongue)
"Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip."
- Richard Steele
(Related: Destruction, Fire, Gossip, Tongue)
"I said 'well, I'll kiss her twice, you see? We'll come around, I'll kiss her, and if you put a little more track down for the camera, then I'll put my tongue down her throat and you'll get what you want'. He said 'You think so?'"
- Rod Steiger
(Related: Kiss, Tongue, Want)
"I think English is a fantastic, rich and musical language, but of course your mother tongue is the most important for an actor."
- Max von Sydow
(Related: Mother, Actor, English, Language, Tongue)
"Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage."
- Publilius Syrus
(Related: Fool, Tongue, Will)
"Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young."
- Rabindranath Tagore
(Related: Wisdom, Tongue)
"The gracious, eternal God permits the spirit to green and bloom and to bring forth the most marvelous fruit, surpassing anything a tongue can express and a heart conceive."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: God, Heart, Spirit, Tongue)
"Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit."
- Jeremy Taylor
(Related: Soul, Language, Meditation, Spirit, Tongue)
"What would it profit thee to be the first Of echoes, tho thy tongue should live forever, A thing that answers, but hath not a thought As lasting but as senseless as a stone."
- Frederick Tennyson
(Related: Thought, Answers, First, Profit, Tongue)
"If my tongue were trained to measures, I would sing a stirring song."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Song, Tongue)
"Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly."
- Mao Tse Tung
"I perceived how that it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were plainly laid before their eyes in their mother tongue."
- William Tyndale
(Related: Mother, Truth, People, Eyes, Scripture, Tongue)
"The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue."
- Leonardo da Vinci
"We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard."
(Related: Right, Risk, Tongue)
"I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule."
- Horace Walpole
(Related: Age, Dancing, Day, Old, Ridicule, Talking, Tongue, Youth)
"Hermione uses all these big long tongue twister words. I don't know what she's going on about half the time!"
- Emma Watson
(Related: Tongue, Words)
"When we were making Speaking in Tongues and Remain in Light, we were jamming. From that we were taking the best bits and then recording and improvising on top of those."
- Tina Weymouth
"As for the extraordinary operations of the Holy Ghost, such as working of miracles, or speaking with divers kinds of tongues, they are long since ceased."
- George Whitefield
"For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
(Related: Pen, Tongue, Words)
"Give us that grand word "woman" once again, and let's have done with "lady"; one's a term full of fine force, strong, beautiful, and firm, fit for the noblest use of tongue or pen; and one's a word for lackeys."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Related: Force, Pen, Tongue, Word)
"The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Brother, Tongue, Word)
"Some men know that a light touch of the tongue, running from a woman's toes to her ears, lingering in the softest way possible in various places in between, given often enough and sincerely enough, would add immeasurably to world peace."
- Marianne Williamson
(Related: Men, Peace, Light, Running, Tongue, Woman, World)
"There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Clothes, May, Support)
"Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Humor, First, Gifts, Tongue)
"I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue."
"I'd managed to bite a very large hole in the side of my tongue before they could pry my teeth apart. By all evidence, and there's no denying it, that thing I had on the set was a fit."
- Dick York
"If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Mind, Rest, Tongue)
"I'm not the sexiest thing in the world, I feel actors who have to 'play' sexy lose all their sex appeal. When they start with the tongue and the heavy lids, it looks so ridiculous. I think you just have to be yourself."
- Stephanie Zimbalist
(Related: Sex, Actors, Sex appeal, Tongue, World)