“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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“If you know anything that is
hurtful or untrue,
do not say it.
If you know anything that is
helpful but untrue,
do not say it.
If you know anything that is
hurtful but true,
do not say it.
If you know anything that is
helpful and true,
find the right time.”

Need reminders like this to put me on the right path. I bitched about someone in my diary yesterday, and the whole process felt inconclusive and pointless, much less cathartic. I even felt bad and unsettled.

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