Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. - Plato.
We’ve been blessed with a very precious gift of being able to express our feelings, emotions, ideas or plans into something called words.
Knowing the right time requires discretion and prudence. There is nothing virtuous about being “outspoken.” It is merely another word for a fool!
Fools talk a lot. They cannot keep their mouths shut. Any little thought, no matter how frivolous, no matter how unstudied, no matter how inappropriate, has to come rushing out.
Wise men restrain their speech. They choose their words carefully and wait for the right time to say them.
You do not have to say everything right now. There is a time to hold back speech to yourself – and there is a time to talk and tell all. Wise men know what to do before speaking and when to speak, but fools spill everything without preparation or thought.
Speaking and listening in a balanced way are imperative in our world. The noise of useless words that many of us are throwing away in an attempt to get a grip on someone else’s attention, creates a thick fog that makes it really difficult to actually understand each other. Ironically, the more we talk, the less we’re able to communicate.
Be wise. Speak less; speak better.