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"The heart of fools is in their mouth, and the mouths of the wise are in their hearts"

"The heart of fools is in their mouth, and the mouths of the wise are in their hearts" "The heart of fools is in their mouth, and the mouths of the wise are in their hearts"
Source: Louis-Léopold Boilly: "Los Coleccionistas de Estampas"
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“The heart of fools," says the wise man, "is in their mouth, and the mouths of the wise are in their hearts."

Deep words and worthy of meditation. If a man speaks only inutilities and foolishness, if he uses his tongue merely to utter words instead of sense, if he speaks more than he listens, if he puts innumerable questions on the most indifferent subjects and on those of which he has no right to know anything—am I not right in concluding that he is a light, superficial, and inconsistent character? Were a man never to open his mouth excepting to bestow eulogiums, to underrate others, or, instead of adding his own, to lessen by limitations the praise accorded to others, I should be right in considering him proud, vain, and jealous. (…)

And yet, how many there are in whom pride and stubbornness seem innate in consequence of the bad education they have received. Fancy them speaking of them-selves and to their own advantage. All that is given to others seems to be taken from them. If we address them in a single word, they respond in a phrase. If we say nothing to them, they sulk, they frown. If we seem to doubt their word, we wound their susceptibilities. If to try them we deprive them of the least thing, we unhinge them (...)

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