“Speak only if it improves on silence”

In speaking, some people allow themselves to fall into exaggeration and inaccuracy, and they make little things into enormous stories; surely that is not right speech. They also have the idea that when one meets a friend one must keep talking all the time, or the friend will be hurt.

With the idea of seeming smart, they keep up a stream of constant half-joking or sneering talk, and must always be showing everything in a ridiculous or amusing aspect.

Certainly all that comes under the heading of idle words.

– Ashin Thittila
1896 – 1997

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