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Wax On Restraint

Do you know anyone who cannot seem to put a filter over their mouth? Do you struggle to keep a secret or keep your opinion to yourself?

I have found the virtue of restraint promoted in the Proverbs:

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. – Proverbs 10.19

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. – Proverbs 17.27

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. – Proverbs 17.28

The following quote has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln:

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Popular blogger Trevin Wax commends the lost art of restraint in his latest post.