Cracked Pipkins

Cracked pipkins are discovered by their sound. Ignorance is betrayed by speech.

They bid you talk—my honest song
Bids you for ever hold your tongue;
Silence with some is wisdom most profound -
Cracked pipkins are discovered by the sound.

Peter Pindar: Lord B. and his Motions.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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