Don’t Speak Unless You Can Improve Silence

Don’t Speak Unless You Can Improve Silence:

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“Don’t speak unless you can improve silence”

Now, this is one quote, I might have some trouble with :D. For someone as talkative as me, I am wondering how I am going to defend this one quote or try and analyse the different implications it might have. And since it is a post on silence, I promise you that I will try and keep it as short as possible, somewhere close to 500 words πŸ™‚

“Don’t speak unless you can improve silence”

The Speech of A Politician!

To be honest, I just think that it means that we should not speak much nonsense just for the sake of speaking. I have heard these speeches, especially during the independence day or republic day where people think it is completely ok to talk about their contributions to the country. Sometimes it sounds like a Β political agenda. I remember being in a function where I was called for a function on some felicitation for getting some stupid marks in some stupid exam. The education minister on the stage was giving a grand speech and I honestly found no link between us – the audience, the minister nor his political agenda. But I think there is an accepted notion that people on the stage should talk for more than 30-40 minutes and it doesn’t matter whether it is relevant or not.

It so happened that a couple of guys – some 14 year olds were talking in very low voices and this minister stopped, asked those students to shut up and continued on his rampage and I wondered what was happening. And when the felicitation ceremony happened and they were announcing the list and the compeer was talking about the achievements of the students, I saw the minister talking on a non stop gusto and quite loudly too and I could feel my jaw drop to the floor. I honestly wish he had read this quote!

Is Language/Talking The Only Matter?

If you ask me what has this got to do with the quote, well maybe I have gotten a bit off track here cos this is a particularly irritating image stuck in my head about speeches. Sometimes I think as a culture we are trained to think that the more we talk, the more respected we are. I know that in the modern era, we appreciate communication better and understand the importance of silence. But somehow unfortunately the talkers still seem to get a lot of attention. I have seen myself in awe when I see a person talking consistently. Especially in the formative years, I have wondered and appreciated that they could talk so well. But then it is only now I realise that it is so much more important as to what they talk about.

Language alone doesn’t really matter. Talking alone doesn’t really matter, it is the space between the talks, the silence which needs to be interspersed to make our talks more meaningful. I think it is also important that we give adequate importance to listening what the audience has to say, it is important to be silent not because we have nothing to say, but because we can respond better. I think

“Speech is silver and silence is gold” I appreciate the adage, but I think there is nothing more powerful than a speech which is beautifully interspersed with silence giving due respect to both.

I apologize if I have bored you with this quote, but I somehow could not resist making this a part of our quote of the day. And before we cross the 600 mark, I will sign off with this quote for the day, Silence sure is a lot more important sometimes and

All that glitters is not gold, and all that talks is not intelligent too, sometimes the idiots talk a lot more than the intelligent ones πŸ™‚

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11 Responses to "Don’t Speak Unless You Can Improve Silence"

  1. The tittle is itself is so emphatic Vinay πŸ™‚ I too believe that silence speaks way beyond words can express. You need to realize every space between the talks that counts to make the conversation worth it. Very well presented. Kudos to thoughts!

  2. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder · Edit

    I’m a stauch supporter of this quote. πŸ˜€ I prefer to listen and to speak less… πŸ˜› In fact, I wrote a poem a few days ago on silence… πŸ™‚

  3. A Very Interesting piece of writing. My take on this is that one need to learn when to speak and when to choose silence. However, I really miss the childhood days when one can speak whatever comes to his/her mind, when we grow things change and sometimes we step back from saying what is needed to be said at the moment.

    1. Thank you Satish. Of those were wonderful days, we did not have the fear of someone judging us or pulling us down. It was a bountiful time. It is only now that we think that we have grown old and become mature and not make a fool of ourselves. Ironically it happens whether we talk or not πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely quotes “All that glitters is not gold, and all that talks is not intelligent too, sometimes the idiots talk a lot more than the intelligent ones” :). Hats off to you for such a great and wonderful post.

    Sriram & Krithiga


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