On Silence

March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Universally, a writer or speaker should endeavour to maintain the appearance of expressing himself, not, as if he wanted to say something, but as if he had something to say.

— Richard Whately, “Elements of Rhetoric” (1858)

I do not know: where I lack insight it is my custom to be silent.

— Creon: Sophocles, “Oedipus Tyrannus”

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