i've just come across a great quote (I don't know the author):
"Of those who say nothing, few are silent"
What do you think about it? A lot of truth in there, isn't it?
1 2
Isn't there a sying from the Bible, empty pots make louder noise?
I don't know the Bible, I think what I wrote was from Shakespeare
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.

Pythagoras (582-507 av. JC) seems to take a longer time to say similar
I hadn't understood the quote that way... It's quite interesting how few words can mean so many things!
To me it meant that those who choose to keep silent always find ways to express their feelings. A trivial example: imagine your wife has somehow convinced you to go to a party with her, but you wish you were somewhere else. It's quite possible for you not to say a word against the situation, but you can express your discontent by yawning, glaring, sighing etc... so everybody will know exactly what you think ... although you're silent!
In searching "quotations", I found the same meaning in many quotations. Fools speak without thinking, wise men only speak after having thought deeply or stay silent. Also variation. A fool can seem to be wise if he will stay silent.
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
To me the basic meaning is fools speak but what they say is nothing (worth listening to) and that there are many more fools than wise men. (Here I could perhaps say people or men and women or leave out men altogether. Perhaps the last choice is best; tongue-in-cheek)
Lol, Suzanne!
Yes, you're both right... "silence is golden"!
One day I visited a forum for the first time in about 2 months.
There I found a message for me, with the quotations from Tom Blair.

Here it goes;

Tom Blair
"Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well-bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence."

- Are you a well-bred woman who may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without writing a word to this forum these days?


The message cracked me up!
Of course I posted at the forum soon after reading it. Emotion: wink

Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Show more