The Right to Remain Silent

This week, it’s all about the words we speak.

Be quick to listen, slow to speak.
                —James 1:19

“Do you see someone who is hasty in speech? There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that” (Prv 29:20).

  • We have the right to remain silent: a right that many of us should exercise more often.
  • You don’t have to explain something you haven’t said. —Calvin Coolidge
  • Keep in mind that you are more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is. —Andy Rooney
  • Refrain from using a flood of words to express a trickle of thought.
  • If it goes without saying, let it.
  • Think all you speak, but don’t speak all you think.
  • Silence is often the best answer.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut up. —Will Rogers

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business” (1 Thes 4:11).

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

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