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Shostakovich
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I've seen this famous quote attributed to both Lincoln and Twain: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool thant o speak out and remove all doubt."
Was it either of these two or someone else?
Also, has anyone noticed there is a Mark Twain quote for every possible event in life? Almost every class I took in college, be it science, algebra or writing, there was a relevant witticism from Sam Clemens.

Dmitri "Didn't Mr. T say something about fools?" Shostakovich


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Chava
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This link attributes it to Samuel Johnson, but they don't give a source.

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Big J
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Shostakovich, another Voltaire fan, huh?

Big "tending to my garden" J


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Gus
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It's been attributed to many peope. We had a dicussion about it some months ago here

I think Fholloway's answer is probably the closest to correct: it appears to be based on the following line from the bible:

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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.

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