Thursday, May 29, 2014

Winston Churchill On Discretion


"We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out."

~Winston Churchill
Studholme Lodge No. 1591, England

We've all done it at one time or another--hopefully not too often. We say something we shouldn't have and later regret it.  The first thing we think isn't always the best thing to say.  I don't remember how many times growing up I was reminded of the importance of learning to engage that clutch between brain and mouth.  It was good advice then, and it still is.

Sometimes it's necessary to be blunt, but those occasions are few and far between.  More often than not, it's more important to think before you speak, and master those words that cause more harm than good.  Tact is a virtue.

Of course, Winston Churchill sounded very wise when he said these words, however, he didn't always practice what he preached.  He was hardly known as a man who held his tongue.  Another of the quotes he is attributed to having said is:

"I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly."

That one isn't quite as eloquent . . .

~TEC

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