A few days ago, I planned to use what I thought was a Mark Twain quote as the subject of a post.
It turned out Twain didn’t say it.
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He did say this one, and It fits today’s prompt, “right” so today we’ll get some advice from a literary giant.
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.”
Scientist Maxwell Maltz has a pretty cool last name.
He also said the quote below, and he’s right. (more…)
Each time I get writer’s block, which is often, I look for writing prompts to make the light bulb come on.
It’s generally a good bet no matter which list of prompts I read, the question of why I write — or some variation of it — will be included.
So I decided to answer it. (more…)
Kenny Loggins, of Loggins and Messina fame, has supplied my second quotable quote, and I’m sure that’s exactly why he said it.
Loggins was being interviewed for one of Oprah’s shows after she sent her cameras somewhere, and he was asked about popularity or something.
His answer was a lot more memorable than the question.