Speaking

The essentials of speaking are in not speaking at all. If you think that you can finish something without speaking, finish it without saying a single word. If there is something that cannot be accomplished without speaking, one should speak with few words, in a way that will accord well with reason.

To open one’s mouth indiscriminately brings shame, and there are many times when people will turn their backs on such a person.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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