One-Liner Wednesday — Remain Silent

The quote, “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt” is often attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

But some say that Mark Twain said something very similar: “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.”

Of course, it’s possible that neither Lincoln nor Twain said either one of these. One site, Brainy Quotes, attributes the alleged Lincoln quote to “Unknown.”

But where these similar quotes originated is not the point I wish to make here. I would hope that the current President of the United States would heed either of these warnings. Because with every word he utters and every word he tweets, he is removing all doubt to the world what a fool he is.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

17 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Remain Silent

    • Fandango August 30, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Probably a one-liner most of us should practice more often.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. baddadcartoons101 August 30, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Better to not comment and be thought a fool than comment and remove all doubt, so my response is no comment

    Liked by 1 person

  2. newepicauthor August 30, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Fools in general are rather harmless creatures, but not when they have their fingers on nuclear launch codes and make evil plans.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. LindaGHill August 30, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Actually, I think Lao Tzu said it first:
    Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 56

    Those who know do not talk.
    Those who talk do not know.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango August 30, 2017 / 10:44 am

      I’m sure that basic sentiment has been expressed many times by many people in many ways. Because it’s essentially the truth.


    • Fandango August 30, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Unfortunately you’re right. He ain’t gonna change now.


  4. Sight11 August 31, 2017 / 2:56 am

    who missed me? Turns out I can still comment, am I a ghost? Sensei, No email from you?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 31, 2017 / 6:46 am

      He’s alive! Jim and I talked. He emailed you and told me about the response he got. I didn’t want to bother you. How are you feeling?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sight11 August 31, 2017 / 10:37 am

        I will Sensei, But right now I feel like being a Ghost is better. You don’t write just comment. Haha..

        Liked by 1 person

        • Fandango August 31, 2017 / 12:33 pm

          Just wait until you start blogging again. I’ll be commenting a plenty!

          Liked by 1 person

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