Oct 23, 2016

The Utter Stupidity of Words

     Aside from patience, one of the hardest lessons in my life so far has been to just shut the fuck up. In a world where half the people don't seem to know how to voice their opinion and especially feelings (or what those even are), I prided myself on the fact that I didn't fall into that category. But with passing years, I'd come to realize that the other half of the population doesn't know when to just fucking zip it and this blabbering nature of ours is especially, but of course not exclusively, present right here on the Internet where everybody wants to put their two cents in about everything and everyone everywhere every day, all day, nonstop, yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah. Mostly it's just white noise, of course, a relentless torrent of negative, nasty, meaningless and worthless bullshit — about everything and everyone everywhere every day, all day, nonstop, yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah.
     Since this is such an omnipresent phenomenon, however, it's easy to get sucked in, but luckily, as one of the quotes below says, I've learned silence from the talkative, and at one point came to realize that not every provocation requires my response and that silence sometimes truly is the best and maybe even the only answer — in real life as well on the Internet. I, however, have yet to fully put this into practice, but to show that I'm not a completely hopeless case and to honor George Eliot's quote below (at least to some extent), I'm now going to — shut the fuck up.



Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
— George Eliot —


Wise souls speak loudly in silence.
— unknown —


He who does not understand your silence
will probably not understand your words.
— Elbert Hubbard —


The word 'listen' contains the same letters
as the word 'silent'.
— Alfred Brendel —


Those who know do not speak.
Those who speak do not know.
— Lao Tsu —


Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast.
The wisest man is the silent one.
Examine his actions. Judge him by them.
— Karen Marie Moning —


If you can't be positive, then at least be quiet.
— Joel Osteen —


Silence is sometimes the best answer.
— Dalai Lama —


The less men think the more they talk.
— Charles de Montesquieu —


Silence isn't empty; it's full of answers.
— unknown —


Never miss a good chance to shut up.
— Will Rogers —


God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.
— Woody Allen —


Silence is a source of great strength.
— Lao Tzu —



Quiet people have the loudest minds.
— Stephen Hawking —


The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.
— Edgar Allan Poe —


Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
— Leonardo da Vinci —


Silence is only frightening to people
who are compulsively verbalizing.
— William S. Burroughs —


You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths.
Silence? No.
— Alison McGhee —


Talk, talk, talk:
the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.
— William Faulkner —


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool
than to speak and to remove all doubt.
— Abraham Lincoln —


God gave us mouths that close and ears that don't.
That should tell us something.
— Eugene O'Neill —


To become 'interesting' you must become 'interested'.
Talk less, listen more.
— Don Carmont —


Speak only if it improves upon the silence.
— Mahatma Gandhi —


Silence is the best reply to a fool.
— Ali ibn Abi Talib —


Have the maturity to know
sometimes silence is more powerful than having the last word.
— Thema Davis —


Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
— Francis Bacon —


Never argue with a fool,
onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.
— Mark Twain —


A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.
— unknown —


Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
— Alan Watts —


Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent.
— the Bible —


Silence can never be misquoted.
— unknown —


I have learned silence from the talkative,
toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind.
— Khalil Gibran —


A wise man once said nothing.
— unknown —





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