Sometimes, it is better to stay in silence and remain quiet.

There is a proverbial saying, “Silence is golden.”

It was Josh Billings ( pen name of 19th century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw – born April 21, 1818 and died October 14, 1885) who said “Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.”

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George Barzan once said, “If everyone thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.”

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 Oh! – and it was Abraham Lincoln who said “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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4 Responses to Silence

  1. CW Martin says:

    I thought the Lincoln quote was Ben Franklin, but that might be because he said it on Bewitched one time.


  2. I have another one that sometimes comes to mind, that you might likewise appropriate:

    “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”
    – Kalil Gibran


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