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Gus
The Red and the Green Stamps


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than to speak and remove all doubt.

Who said this? I saw it attributed to Mark Twain on another board, but I've also seen it attributed to:

Abraham Lincoln
Oscar Wilde
George Bush
Silvan Engel

Some say Lincoln was only quoting Silvan. This quote doesn't seem to me to fit Oscar Wilde's personality. Bush- let's face it, if he said it he didn't take his own advice. I can't say Twain didn't say it- but I don't know. I don't know who Silvan Engel is.

Who actually said it? (And who is Silvan Engel?) Anybody?


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huginn
The Red and the Green Stamps


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FWIW, I've always heard it attributed to Twain. It sounds like him, and I've never heard any other attribution.

hug"shoulda kept silent"inn


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Silas Sparkhammer
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You were here. You were listening.

Gus said it.

Silas ("it!") Sparkhammer


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trollface
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No, no, NO!

It was Lisa Simpson;

Lisa: Better to to silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

Homer's Brain: What the hell does that mean? Quick say something clever.

Homer: Takes one to know one!

Homer's brain: Swish!

Troll "that's not how you spell 'dumbening'" face


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Don Gato
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This Website (http://www.weeks-g.dircon.co.uk/these_you_have_sought_on_a.htm) provides the following quotations, consecutively. Could they all have been based on the last one, from Proverbs?

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt . -- George Eliot

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.-- Abraham Lincoln (also attr. Confucius)

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.-- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. -- Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28.

Frank "I got nothing to say" Holloway


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