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He who has understanding spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Proverbs 17:27 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace. Proverbs 17:28 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. Proverbs 15:28 A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul. Proverbs 18:7 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression. Proverbs 19:11 A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11 Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Jesus (Matthew 12:36-37) He can never speak well, who knows not how to hold his peace. Plutarch True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue; it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin. Penn Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion. Bovee Speech is great, but silence is greater. Carlyle He who, silent, loves to be with us, and who loves us in our silence, has touched one of the keys that ravish hearts. Lavater A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence, which costs us nothing. Tillotson The temple of our purest thoughts is silence. Sarah J. Hale Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods. Emerson It is the wise head that makes the still tongue. W. J. Lucas Most men speak when they do not know how to be silent. He is wise who knows how to hold his peace. Tie your tongue lest it be wanton and luxuriate; keep it within the banks; a rapidly flowing river soon collects mud. Ambrose Fellows who have no tongues are often all eyes and ears. Haliburton A silent man is easily reputed wise. The unknown is always wonderful. A man who suffers none to see him in the common jostle and undress of life easily gathers round him a mysterious veil of unknown sanctity, and men honor him for a saint. F. W. Robertson Silence is the ornament and safeguard of the ignorant. Silence is the safest respondent for all the contradiction that arises from impertinence, vulgarity, or envy. Zimmermann The main reason why silence is so efficacious an element of repute is, first, because of the magnification which proverbially belongs to the unknown; and, secondly, because silence provokes no man's envy, and wounds no man's self-love. Bulwer Silence in times of suffering is the best. Dryden The unspoken word never does harm. Kossuth Silence and reserve suggest latent power. What some men think has more effect than what others say. Chesterfield Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; if he were sensible of this he would not be ignorant. Saadi If you would pass for more than your value, say little. It is easier to look wise than to talk wisely. The more a man desirous to pass at a value above his worth, can, by dignified silence, contrast with the garrulity of trivial minds, the more will the world give him credit for the wealth he does not possess. Bulwer A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity. De Sales Silence is a figure of speech, unanswerable, short, cold, but terribly severe. Theodore Parker A judicious reticence is hard to learn, but it is one of the great lessons of life. Chesterfield If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue. Quarles There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do. Alfieri A person that would secure to himself great deference will, perhaps, gain his point by silence as effectually as by anything he can say. Shenstone As men of sense and genius say much in few words, so on the other hand the weak and foolish speak much and say little. Rochefoucauld Talkers and futile persons are commonly vain and credulous withal, for he that talketh what he knoweth will also talk what he knoweth not; therefore set it down that a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral. Bacon Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. George Elliot If any man think it a small matter to bridle his tongue, he is much mistaken; for it is a point to be silent when occasion requires, and better than to speak, though never so well. Plutarch It is only reason that teaches silence; the heart teaches us to speak. Richter It is better to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few. Pythagoras None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing. Franklin I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. Cato Silence never shows itself to so great an advantage as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation. Addison Where the river is deepest it makes the least sound. Italian Proverb Some men envelop themselves in such an impenetrable cloak of silence, that the tongue will afford us no symptoms of the mind. Such taciturnity, indeed, is wise if they are fools, but foolish if they are wise, and the only method to form a judgment of these mutes, is narrowly to observe when, where, and how they smile. Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself. Rochefoucauld Euripides was wont to say that silence was an answer to a wise man; but we seem to have a greater occasion for it in our dealing with fools and unreasonable persons; for men of breeding and sense will be satisfied with reason and fair words. Plutarch Of all virtues, Zeno made choice of silence; for by it, said he, I hear other men's imperfections, and conceal my own. A man's profundity may keep him from opening on a first interview, and his caution on a second; but I should suspect his emptiness, if he carried on his reserve to a third. Colton Silence is a virtue in those who are deficient in understanding. Bouhours If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates silence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts. Burke Silence is the highest wisdom of a fool as speech is the greatest trial of a wise man. If thou wouldst be known as wise, let thy words show thee so; if thou doubt thy words, let thy silence feign thee so. It is not a greater point of wisdom to discover knowledge than to hide ignorance. Quarles More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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