How To Perfect The Fine Art Of Good Speech

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‘Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know.’ Lao Tzu

The Greek philosopher Epictecus explained it this way, that ‘we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.’

And I tend to think that Lao Tzu was thinking very much along those lines when he wrote the words, ‘Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know.’

We have all been in a social setting where there is one particular person in the group who dominates the conversation. Now may I add, that the one with the loudest or most dominating voice is not necessarily the wisest.

Then there is the other person who constantly speaks over you, cuts you off mid sentence, or is quick to point out why you are wrong.

But from time to time you are fortunate enough to come into the presence of wisdom. Little is said, and yet what is uttered is profound and life changing.

Remember, it’s not always what you say that will make a difference. It’s often also how you say it, and in many cases when you say it. And sometimes it’s best that you say nothing.

‘For those who know do not speak.’

So let us all pause before we speak, and consider how we can all become far more proficient in the fine art of good speech.

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