I have only one of Arabic origin: 'A secret is like a dove; when it leaves my hand it takes wing'.
'Careless talk costs lives' was used in the war as a slogan with a similar meaning and is still used sometimes.
'...costs lives' means 'people may die because of it'. As Tdol said, this expression is still used as a general warning about gossip. The other phrase that has been mentioned - 'Loose lips sink ships' - isn't. It just applied during the war (especially for a country like the UK that imports a lot of food).Hi. Tdol.
Does "Careless talk costs lives" mean that gossip makes no sense, or that gossip cost expensively, maybe about time, money, or other else. I don't know what exactly it stands for?
Tdol, there is also the caption, "Loose Lips Sink Ships" from World War 2 posters.
Are you thinking about the issue of keeping secrets, maiabulela?
Here is a well-known quotation in the United States: Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. ~ Benjamin Franklin
My grandmother often used a saying common to her generation: "Little pictures have big ears." It was difficult for the children to realize that she was refering to them, listening to the adult conversations.