— Dr. Seuss, kniha One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
Zdroj: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Kontext: "This", cried the Mayor, "is your town's darkest hour!
The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
To come to the aid of their country!", he said.
"We've GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!"
„An open mind is really a mark of foolishness, like an open mouth. Mouths and minds were made to shut; they were made to open only in order to shut.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
For my friend said that he opened his intellect as the sun opens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever.
The Extraordinary Cabman, one of many essays collected in Tremendous Trifles (1909)
— Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977
„Where is the weapon with which I enforce your bondage? You give it to me every time you open your mouth.“
— Frank Herbert American writer 1920 - 1986
"Laclac Riddle"; p. 68
The Bureau of Sabotage series, Whipping Star (1969)
— Henri Nouwen Dutch priest and writer 1932 - 1996
With Open Hands (1972)
Kontext: To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
„Open up your mouth, touch your lips to mine,
That we may make a kiss that can pierce through death and survive.“
— Josh Homme American musician 1973
"The Blood Is Love", Lullabies to Paralyze (2005)
Lyrics, Queens of the Stone Age
— Haruki Murakami, kniha Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Zdroj: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Cited as an example of "What Mark Twain Didn't Say" in Mark Twain by Geoffrey C. Ward, et al.
Varianta: It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
„The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.“
— Pete Seeger American folk singer 1919 - 2014
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Variously attributed to Lincoln, Elbert Hubbard, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin and Socrates
Varianta: It is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
— Henry Miller American novelist 1891 - 1980
— Joel Osteen, I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
Zdroj: I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
„I touch your mouth, I touch the edge of your mouth with my finger, I am drawing it as if it were something my hand was sketching, as if for the first time your mouth opened a little, and all I have to do is close my eyes to erase it and start all over again, every time I can make the mouth I want appear, the mouth which my hand chooses and sketches on your face, and which by some chance that I do not seek to understand coincides exactly with your mouth which smiles beneath the one my hand is sketching on you.“
— Julio Cortázar, kniha Hopscotch
Rayuela (Hopscotch) (1963)