It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 12, Book 20

Dont speak unless you can improve on the silence.

Old Proverb

August 12th - Some times saying nothing is best

It takes two years to learn to talk and a lifetime to learn to be quiet.

Ernest Hemmingway 

Apart from love, no subject has been written about as much as words, because  words and silence always seek a balance. We say too many things without thinking about the consequences, without being aware that sometimes is is better just keep quiet.

Words can incite anger or invoke passion.  They can bring people together our tear them apart.  Words can uphold the truth or nurture a like.  We use words to encompass history, to describe the natural universe, and ever concur realizing visions of things that exist only in fantasy. In fact, some spoken words are thought to be so powerful than they can create worlds, creatures, and human beings.  

Good words are worth much and cost little.

George Herbert

If we realize that when we speak, make judgments and give options, we reveal the deepest parts of our personality and pronounce judgment upon ourselves, then we probably would not allow our tongue to run ahead of our brains.

The words we utter to the people nearest to us are sometimes sharper than any knife. They create walls that are very difficult t break down and they hurt the people we really love and respect.

It’s not always a matter of being silent and hiding what we think because we mustn’t  forget that what is not verbally spoken is as if it did not’ exist.  Words of encouragement, those that come from the heart towards another person, are the ones that are really important.   Speak only what is necessary, know how to listen, don’t speak just for the sake of it. Talking too much, without thinking about or controlling what is said, can lead us to utter nonsense or words that can hurt another person.

Never forget to tell someone just how much you love them and how much they are appreciated.

The wounds of the tongue ore deeper and more incurable than those of the sword.

Old Proverb


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Don't speak unless you have something good to say. Our words do matter.

jack69 said...

Lots of wisdom here. One of my Dad's favorite sayings:
"Keep your words soft and sweet because you might have to eat them."
I remember that from as far back as 1946.
Yep to the quote about improving the silence, I have never read that, but it rings of SO MUCH truth.
Love from Utah,
Sherry, jack & JJ on the road

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

That's one of the rules I live by, if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

Mevely317 said...

Like Jack said, that Old Proverb sure spoke to me!
"The words we utter to the people nearest to us are sometimes sharper than any knife." ... so true. At a recent Bible study, Kelly Minter asked her audience: "When someone hurts you, are you more prone to evacuate or retaliate?" Too many times, I've done the latter; better I evacuate, starting with my tongue!

betty said...

I liked that quote from Ernest Hemingway. A lot of truth in that. We should all choose our words wisely!