Advice from a source unknown

There is a great quote about how good it is to be wise about when you speak and what you say.

It’s a pretty good piece of advice.

It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln or somebody else

I think about the quote a lot. I thought Mark Twain said it, and I planned to call this post “Advice from a literary giant,” but it appears he didn’t.

I don’t know who arranged the words the way they appear in the pull quote, but a similar verse is in Proverbs.

It’s right no matter who said it.

I have found it is much wiser for me to choose my words carefully than it is for me to say anything I haven’t taken the time to think about.

When I’m in a hurry to comment and don’t take time to listen, I’ve noticed my comments are far more likely to be stupid.

You can’t get a stupid comment back so I try to take Solomon’s advice (or Mark Twain’s, Abraham Lincoln or somebody else) and shut my mouth more than I open it.


This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is “advice.”

2 Comments

  1. Casey: I love it. Let’s give Solomon credit. Proverbs 17:28, Even a fool, when he holders his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his mouth is esteemed a man of under-standing.” A great post.

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