“A wise man once said nothing.” What a great quote we should all make a note of. Silence is a powerful statement, a smart tactic, and many times a wise choice. A meaningful silence is always better the speaking meaningless words. Maybe we should give some serious thought to the fact that we have a mouth that we can close and ears we can’t close.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is speaking when we’re angry. There are a lot of people who have ruined their lives, whether on a personal or business basis by saying something foolish, thoughtless, mean, malicious, despicable, inappropriate, cruel condescending, hurtful, vicious, painful, and certainly uncalled for because we were angry.
A moment of silence in a moment of anger, saves you hundreds of moments of regret.Anonymous
If you have to speak during a difficult situation:
- Only speak what you know to be true.
- Speak with integrity.
- Never say anything about someone you wouldn’t say to yourself.
- Avoid at all costs speaking when angry.
- When in doubt, stay silent.
Mark Twain made a wise statement about staying silent, when dealing with idiots. He said “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” The best thing to say to idiots is nothing… stay silent.
“It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak out and remove all doubt.” President Abraham Lincoln
“Speak when your angry-and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” L.J. Peter
“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.” General Charles De Gualle
“Silence is golden when you can’t think of anything to say.” Leonardo de Vinci
“Silence is the best way to a fool. Anonymous
“Never mistake silence for ignorance.” Anonymous
“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” Leonardo de Vinci
“The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in and language is priceless. Anonymous
Plato one said, “Wise mean speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something.”
The best thing to do when you are confused, angry, not sure, dealing with difficult people or if you want to frustrate, intimate, or irritate someone, is to stay silent. Have the maturity to know that sometimes Silence is more powerful than having the last word.