It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
No day of my life passes without someone saying the words 'Monty Python' to me. It's not bad.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.
As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that, any more than the old church steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.
People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak.
Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling; The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.