Sunday, March 20, 2011
SPEECH IS SILVER, BUT SILENCE IS GOLDEN !!!
SPEECH IS SILVER, BUT SILENCE IS GOLDEN
ONE NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD WITH TRISTANYATTA
STOP TAPE 5:25 http://tinyurl.com/4b4e8hz
The value of silence is greater than that of speech.
Indeed, it is important to master the language but
to be silent is a sign of wisdom.
" Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity."
As with many proverbs, the origin of this phrase is obscured
by the mists of time. There are reports of versions of it dating
back to Ancient Egypt.
"Silence is the element in which great things fashion
themselves together; that at length they may emerge,
full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life,
which they are thenceforth to rule.
Not William the Silent only, but all the considerable men
I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic
of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and
Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself
but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how
much clearer are thy purposes and duties; what wreck
and rubbish have those mute workmen within thee swept
away, when intrusive noises were shut out!
Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it,
the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling
and suspending Thought, so that there is none to
Speech too is great, but not the greatest.
As the Swiss Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern,
Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silvern, Silence is golden);
or as I might rather express it:
Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity."
That fuller version - 'speech is silver; silence is golden',
is still sometimes used, although the shorter form is now
SPEECH IS SILVER , BUT SILENCE IS GOLDEN