The power of speech

TalkingSince in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening.
Rumi

Getting the messageIf you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: “He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned”
Epictetus
Don't talk and eatWe have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus

Seeing eye to eyeThe greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
Richard Moss
A strong messageWhat is required is not a lot words, but effectual ones.
Seneca
The conferenceIf everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening. 
George Barzan

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6 thoughts on “The power of speech

  1. I think about the power of speech every morning about 4 a.m. or so when miz kitty decides she’s ready for a little company. Turning my back and ignoring her never works – she just gets more insistent. Clearly, she’s learned that, when sitting and staring at me don’t work, adding her voice to the mix brings much better results!

    • It’s a cat thing isn’t it. Pixel’s predecessor “Anna” would yowl and carry on in the morning until I vacated the bed – then she would go back to sleep, as much as to say “Well, my job is done now!” . Frank – named after Frank Sinatra for his big voice – took over the task when Anna was no longer there to do it. These days, I have three voices to contend with, although usually, they don’t begin until an hour before sunrise. The cats believe that jumping hard on me and then bounding away again, is a good tactic. Who needs alarm clocks when they share a home with pets! Or do they share with us? 🙂

    • Merriwether has moved to the front of the cottage, and would enter the front door given the opportunity! Needless to say, he’s much tamer now and adds his voice and opinion to the others. He’s learned to lord it over poor Fred…. 🙂

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