Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place but leave unsaid the wrong thing. (Benjamin Franklin)
It’s probably true that every living person has said something they immediately regretted. Unfortunately, we recognize our faux pas just after it’s been said. On the other hand, we’re really glad when we’ve said something of value just when it was needed. It’s more difficult, but equally important to learn to keep quiet when silence is better than words.
Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent (Proverbs 17:28).