Silence and reserve

suggest latent power.  What some men think has more effect than what others say.

                                                                         –Chesterfield

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One thought on “Silence and reserve

  1. How then, we may ask, do the thoughts of the thoughtful have “effect,” if not through words fitly spoken?

    Lord Chesterfield, as always, is more interested in how to appear to be wise than in the work of becoming wise. Surely many a politician and ideologue in the modern world might benefit from such advice. Chesterfield wanted be known as the “patron” of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary without actually contributing any financial support to Johnson’s project. Johnson later described Chesterfield’s famous “Letters” to his [illegitimate] son and godson as teaching “the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing master.” That is a political ethics for our time.

    God’s Peace to you.

    d

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