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Tongues are a muscular organs on the floors of the mouths of most vertebrates, which manipulate food for mastication. The tongue is the primary organ of taste, and in humans a secondary function of the tongue is phonetic articulation.
- 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 The Devil's Dictionary
- Speak to me in many voices
Make them all sound like one
Let me see your sacred mysteries
Reveal to me the Unknown Tongue.
- And then she took her father's razor
And watched it cut into her palm
She put her hand up to her mouth
To taste the blood so holy and warm.
- Unknown Tongue Cultösaurus Erectus, by Blue Oyster Cult, lyrics by A. Bouchard, David Roter
- Better the feet slip than the tongue.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651).
- Many a man's tongue shakes out his master's undoing.
- Tongues I'll hang on every tree,
That shall civil sayings show.
- My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.
- William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Act IV, scene 2, line 18.
- You play the spaniel,
And think with wagging of your tongue to win me.
- My tongue's use is to me no more
Than an unstringed viol or a harp.
- The heart hath treble wrong
When it is barr'd the aidance of the tongue.
- Is there a tongue like Delia's o'er her cup,
That runs for ages without winding up?
- Edward Young, Love of Fame (1725-28), Satire I, line 281.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 808-09.
- The first vertue, sone, if thou wilt lerne,
Is to restreyne and kepen wel thy tonge.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Manciple's Tale, line 18,213.
- The stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword; but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
- Ecclesiasticus, XXVIII. 17. 18.
- He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel.
- Matthew Henry, Commentaries, Psalms, XXXI.
- The windy satisfaction of the tongue.
- Homer, The Odyssey, Book IV, line 1,092. Pope's translation.
- The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil.
- James, III. 8.
- Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue.
- Job, XX. 12.
- Lingua mali pars pessima servi.
- The tongue is the vile slave's vilest part.
- Juvenal, Satires, IX. 120.
- I should think your tongue had broken its chain!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus, The Golden Legend (1872), Part IV.
- In her tongue is the law of kindness.
- Proverbs, XXXI, 26.
- From the strife of tongues.
- Psalms, XXXI, 20.
- Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
- Psalms, XXXIV, 13.
- My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
- Psalms, XLV, 1.
- Since word is thrall, and thought is free,
Keep well thy tongue, I counsel thee.
- James I of Scotland, Ballad of good Counsel, quoted by Scott in Fair Maid of Perth, Chapter XXV.
- So on the tip of his subduing tongue
All kind of arguments and question deep,
All replication prompt, and reason strong,
For his advantage still did wake and sleep;
To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep,
He had the dialect and different skill,
Catching all passions in his craft of will.
- William Shakespeare, Lover's Complaint, line 120.