Speak Not

"Tis better to be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt." -Abraham Lincoln Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" a time to speak and a time to...NOT!  Our society values information and we assign value to the person who shares it.  In his quest for acceptance and to rise to that level of value, man attempts to share what he knows, even if he isn't sure he knows it. It isn't a crime to be ignorant.  All intelligent and knowlegable men are ignorant of SOMETHING.  Great is the man who shares his knowledge with others, but far greater still is the man who possesses the ability to keep silent when he knows not. Every parent knows the value of the sound of silence.  lol  Sometimes the most intelligent thing to say is...nothing. For more communication tips and insights, freebies and exclusive offers, subscribe to What's New at Art of Eloquence!


  • jojosblog

    To listen is to understand.

  • cindy holman

    This is SO RIGHT ON!! I love it. More people need to read this post, JoJo. It is the hardest thing to do – to just listen. We would have more friends in our lives if we would just practice when NOT to speak.

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