All Words, no Substance, Character defined

empty vessel, greater sound“I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true, ‘The empty vessel makes the greatest sound’.” (King Henry V, act 4, sc. 4)

Tips for Use.   Sarcastic comment on a loud character, especially if he thinks highly of himself.  Possible answer to the question, “What do you think of him?”, if the person qualifies in demeanor, speech and general qualities, “The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.”
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In the play. Pistol pretends to be a formidable soldier with a French prisoner captured at the battle of Agincourt. An attendant interpreter expresses quietly his opinion of Pistol.

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