Silence is Golden
“Speech is silver, but silence is golden!” said William Shakespeare. How right he was! There is no doubt that the gift of speech bestowed on human beings is a unique one, and the ability to talk well a useful talent, but just as gold is more valuable than silver, so too, the ability to keep quiet. Ironical as it may seem, there has been a lot ‘said’ on the value of silence.
“Empty vessels make the most noise” is a well-known proverb and the analogy contained in it is an apt one. Ignorant people talk the most just as empty pots and pans rattle the most. When you have nothing to say, don’t say it —don’t waste your energy in meaningless, foolish talk. I am sure we can all think of something more useful to do.
Naturally quiet people are usually those who are intelligent, and have clear minds and well-ordered thoughts. When they do speak, it is always to say something pleasant, constructive and sympathetic. Invariably, they are heard with attention and respect, unlike those who talk all the time.
Silence brings calmness into a person’s life, and very often tides over unpleasant situations. When faced with certain problems, it is better to maintain a diplomatic silence and wait for things to resolve themselves you will be surprised at the number of times they do, just because you kept quiet.
In the end, let me quote Max Ehrmann, who, in the seventeenth century, gave a piece of advice which holds good even today. “Go placidly amid the noise and haste,” he wrote, “and remember what peace there may be in silence.”