Monday, 21 January 2013

Keep Your Mouth Shut

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It is always a good idea to prudently hold your tongue if in danger of putting your foot in it. My apologies - mixed metaphors, but you know what I mean. I should have known better than to comment adversely on the length of my husband's new shorts as he is notoriously sensitive re sartorial matters, having grown up in a large family in a small town where it mattered greatly what the neighbors said behind your back.  Consequently, instead of one pair of pants to shorten, I now have six. In the same vein, but with more serious potential consequences, I have managed a degree of self-control concerning rumors which are rampantly circulating the family like wild-fire (sorry again, not my day for language), re one of the in-laws.  I have stoutly refused to comment or judge the unfortunate individual who is blithely unaware of the subterranean talk, even though I was recently in a position to pass on the gossip and demand verification thereof face to face. Something made me hold my tongue, namely, the uncomfortable feeling that I would merely be stirring the pot and causing more unhappiness all round. I have decided to await the passing of time. Perhaps the real truth will never emerge. No matter. Let us all move on. I shall try to forget the whole sorry affair. Meanwhile, to the sewing machine! Let me mind my own business.


  1. “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out..”
    ― Winston Churchill

    “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin

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

    “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
    ― Ambrose Bierce

    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
    ― Maurice Switzer

    For once in my life, I shall follow the counsel of those far smarter than I.

  2. I see I have sided with some remarkable company.

    1. Yes you have, much to your credit. I think I need a major revamping of my life and embrace George Eliot's and Maurice Switzer's advice.

  3. No, no, Sextant, I must protest. I think you are being unkind to yourself. At least in the blogosphere one can say pretty much anything if you don't mind losing a few cyber friends here and there. I hope you don't mind if I borrow these pithy sayings and send them on to some needy real-life people?

    1. If you note, I have no copyright on any of them. Send them on their way. Those in need should always receive the wisdom of the ages.