Quote by Maurice Switzer: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool t...”
Famous Sayings: #46 — ‘It Is Better to Remain Silent…’
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It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk.
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Well Then, Who Coined the Adage?
As I was researching this famous saying, I came across a number of images and websites that often attributed the saying to two men in particular. From BrainyQuote, Lifehack. Who first uttered this saying? Well, from what I found, it appears neither man did. And the Bible verse that is pointed out is vastly different from the saying we have today. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Abraham Lincoln? Mark Twain? Biblical Proverb? Maurice Switzer? Arthur Burns? John Maynard Keynes? The phrasing is different, but I think these two statements express the same thought.
Play Audio Improve your image and reputation today. Anyone can do it, even a fool. Cut your words in half — others will consider you a wise and knowledgeable person. What a proverb! Here is profound advice and a wise tip to quickly enhance what others think about you. Hasty speech, unstudied speech, or much speech marks a fool. Closing your mouth and reducing your words will cause others to assume you are a wise and understanding person, even if you are a fool.