tongues of men

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Important fact: The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Be sure to give him lots to eat.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
—  1 Corinthians 13:1-3

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7,13

Advice from a Sage

Thales of Miletus, fr. iii.200 Bergk (= Diog. Laert. 1.35)

A multitude of words never produces
Any sensible opinion.
Hunt down one thing: the wise;
Choose just one thing: the noble-
For thus you will plug up the tongues
Of chattering men, which never stop wagging.

οὔ τι τὰ πολλὰ ἔπη φρονίμην ἀπεφήνατο δόξαν·
ἕν τι μάτευε σοφόν,
ἕν τι κεδνὸν αἱροῦ·
βύσεις γὰρ ἀνδρῶν κωτίλων 
γλώσσας ἀπεραντολόγους.

Wisdom, Robert Lewis Reid, 1896