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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2002 5:21 pm 
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Hello, I'm looking for the correct wording, and source, of a quote which I've seen attributed both to Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain, and which goes approximately as follows:

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

TIA for any help! Ch.S.


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Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
-- Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28.

"Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
On a search of the Internet you will find this quote attributed to many, including, but not limited to:
George Eliot, Abraham Lincoln, Confucius, Galileo, Benjamin Franklin, and Samuel Clemmens (aka Mark Twain).

Some slight variations on the theme:
"Tis far better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
Tis better to be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
It's better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it.
"It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
"better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it so"
Ama anchata rimaychu, mana upa kayta munspaqa.
No hables mucho, si no quieres hablar tonterias.

The Foolish Monkey by Cam Watkins
Once upon a time, there was a colony of monkeys living in the jungle. One paticular monkey was thought to be a fool, because he never talked. One day, the lion called a meeting of all the beasts of the jungle. The Lion opened the meeting by asking a question. The monkey immediately sat up and stated his opinion, and removed all doubt.
Moral: Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.


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