Another excerpt from my latest book, Simple Realities (The pathway to happiness and success), which is now available at and on Kindle.

There’s an old line that’s been used countless times in various forms about an infinite number of people which would have been appropriate in dozens of situations that I personally witnessed. The line is, “Because he never said anything everyone suspected he was stupid; then he opened his mouth and removed all doubt.”

             Silence is the only satisfactory substitute for intelligence.

             There’s nothing wrong with having nothing to say, unless you insist on saying it.

             Most of us know how to say nothing; the key is to know when.

             If something goes without saying, it’s usually best to let it.

             Silence is never more golden than when it allows you to avoid hurting someone.

             Silence is often the best comment.

             We should speak only when we can improve on the silence.

             When a person doesn’t talk to you, you’re still being told something.

             When something you’d really like to say can’t possibly do any good, say nothing.

             The art of conversation includes saying the right thing; but it also includes not saying the wrong thing.

             One way to keep people from jumping down your throat is to keep your mouth shut.

             “Nothing” is sometimes a good thing to do and often a brilliant thing to say.

             Silence is sometimes a fine example of leadership.

             You never have to explain what you don’t say.