17 February 2006

Improve the silence

Jerry Michalski recently shared a concept with me, which he learned from Quaker meeting:

"Speak only if it will improve upon the silence."

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5 comments:

arno said...

In French, there is something that goes like this "C'est pas parcequ'on a rien a dire que l'on doit fermer sa gueule". Meaning: "it's not because you have nothing to say that you should shut up". I love the french :)

Jack Yan said...

Having attended a Quaker wedding, I have to say the suspense really gets to you, too. Eventually I said something, and you’re right: I had to make sure it was good, because it would have been pointless to even get up otherwise.

Triplet Dads said...

I just love that quote. We have a church meeting tomorrow and the usual suspects will have to get their two cents worth in on every topic. I'm armed and dangerous.

Mike Houghton said...

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Bill Keaggy said...

I've always liked that saying. But maybe it's because I'm not good at talking. ;-)