Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wisdom from Abe Lincoln or Mark Twain or somebody

Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.


  1. I wish I'd known that earlier. About 42 years earlier in fact.

  2. This sounds like something my father would have said. Thanks for making my morning.

  3. Carolina in Nederland, six years before you were born?

    Vonda in Oregon, in my family it was my mother who came up with all the sayings.

    David in Utah, according to my handy-dandy decoder ring, which I saved for just such occasions as this, what you said was "Drink more Ovaltine."

  4. What a great quotation. But who did say it?

  5. Thank you ;-)

    And David's decoder ring came free with a truckload of Ovaltine I guess?
    And it looks like Putz fell asleep with his head on the computer? You have some fun friends here ;-)

  6. on the same theme .... Winston Churchill or someone else (I'm sure Google knows) said something like, "Short words are better than long ones, and if you can use fewer of them, so much the better"!

    And in Yorkshire we say (YP may or may not confirm this) "Hear all, see all, say nothing" (well, actually, say 'nowt) ..... swiftly followed by "Eat all, drink all, pay nothing - and if you ever do anything for nothing, make sure you do it for yourself" !

  7. Ruth, I don't know, but my money is on Mark Twain.

    Brian,, I do know that Winston Churchill once said, "I never stand when I can sit, and I never sit when I can lie down."

    And on another occasion, after he was criticized for having ended a sentence with a preposition, Churchill said, "That is the sort of criticism up with which I will not put."