The Talmud says, “If one word is worth a coin, then silence is worth two. If silence sets well with those who are clever, then it should sit even better with those who are stupid“. Nothing supports idleness so much as empty talk. Two things can reveal faulty thinking: to be silent when you need to speak, or to speak when you should be silent. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “I can be silent and be thought a fool, or speak and remove all doubt“! Count Leo Tolstoy advises us, “Words are great things. You can unite people or sepatate them. You can create love or animosity”. Both great loves and great wars are by-products of words. The truth is almost always lost during an arguement.

I rarely get in touble by keeping my mouth shut. I often do so by speaking.

tom vickers