Day 162: June 11 – Think Before You Speak!

~ London Zoo


Silence is the virtue of fools.

~ Francis Bacon



Think before you speak. Read before you think. This will give you something to think about that you didn’t make up yourself – a wise move at any age, but most especially at seventeen, when you are in the greatest danger of coming to annoying conclusions.

~ Fran Lebowitz, Tips for Teens, Social Studies, 1981.


What Happened

1292: Death of Roger Bacon, one of the founders of modern science.

1967: The United Nations negotiates a cease-fire that ends the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria.


Writer’s Addendum

Thinking before you speak is something that everyone should practice. It is good manners. In fact everyone should perfect this subtle art. We live in a multiracial, multicultural globalized world these days. In order to get respect from other people, it is necessary to give people the same kind of respect. 

So unless you are speaking to yourself (which means you are a weirdo or a genius), always think before letting the first words that come into your fly.

As Shakespeare said, “Mend your speech a little, less you mar your fortune.” 

If you don’t know what to say (or to think), remember this: Silence is golden.

4 Responses to “Day 162: June 11 – Think Before You Speak!”
  1. Wilden Grant says:

    No teen will accept Ms.Fran Lebowitz’s passive aggressive words of wisdom. She’ve made a very valid point, but her words lack empathy. Saying wise things is not enough, putting it across wisely also matters. Very nice article; short, but gives a lot to contemplate on.

  2. The Water Bearer says:

    I am definatetly a weirdo! My Dad was both! I quite often wish my mouth had rewind and delete buttons!! Luckily as I get older a simple pause button does suffice! :)

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