“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” — Maurice Switzer
I recently saw this quote and it reminds me of Proverb 17:28: “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” and it was one of the first times I was influenced by a proverb.
It is a negative influence on my writing. I spend a lot of time choosing my words and therefore producing less than I would like to. This feels like a handicap in a world with blogging, Facebook and Twitter yet the proverb does not become less true.
How to resolve the paradox of saying more without talking foolishly?
My Solution: I am starting to separate the choice of what I say from choosing how to say it. Previously, I was still worried about what I was saying when I was working on how to say it. Now, I think twice about what to say (write) and then concentrate on how to say it. How to say something is a lot easier when the decision of whether I want to say it is already made. Making the decision of what I want to say is easier if I am not worried about how I will say it.