A gossip is a person who talks about others. A bore is a person who talks about himself. And a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks about you.
(Charles A. Allen : Roads to Radiant Living)
When the mouth stumbles, it is worse than the foot.
(West African Proverb)
“The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
(Lewis Carroll : 1832-1898)
But far more numerous was the herd of such
Who think too little and who talk too much.
(Dryden : Absalom and Achitopel)
I don't want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.
(Bernard Shaw : Pygmalion)
If your ears burn, someone is talking about you.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.