Samuel Butler quote about silence from The Note-Books of Samuel Butler - Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence.
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Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence.
 Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912). copy citation

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Author Samuel Butler
Source The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
Topic silence tact
Date 1912
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6173/6173-h/6173-h.htm

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“Small things may be rehearsed, but the greatest are always do-or-die, neck-or-nothing matters.
Specialism and Generalism Woe to the specialist who is not a pretty fair generalist, and woe to the generalist who is not also a bit of a specialist. Silence and Tact Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence. Truth-tellers Professional truth-tellers may be trusted to profess that they are telling the truth. Street Preachers These are the costermongers and barrow men of the religious world. Providence and Othello” source

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