“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.” – Jorge Luis Borges

Positive Quote: “Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.” – Jorge Luis Borges


This quote reminds me that silence is a form of speech, in that it is a form of communication in of itself. Silence can be taken as agreement or as dissatisfaction or as many other things. It can be open to interpretation.


However, words verbalized can do more harm in some cases than silence itself. Do I really need to get the last word in on a disagreement? If I am in a meeting with many people, do I have to speak? If I do speak up, is what I am saying adding value to the conversation or am I speaking just to speak? Is my silence being taken as agreement? If so, is that what my intent is? Is my silence due to being hesitant to speak and voice my opinions?


While I agree with Jorge’s quote, I like to take it a step further and ask myself if being silent is the right message I want to relay in that given situation. Each situation is different as each meeting is different. As you can see, this quote has me contemplative.


What do you think of this quote?


Have a tremendous Wednesday.





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