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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.


  • Better the feet slip than the tongue.
  • My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.
  • Is there a tongue like Delia's o'er her cup,
    That runs for ages without winding up?

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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