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People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
 Jean-Jacques RousseauEmile, or On Education (1762). copy citation

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Kwize Master This sentence concludes a paragraph devoted to explaining that educated people, knowing the value of things, do not waste their words and try to make them useful. Indeed, those who talk too much do so because their ignorance leads them to believe that others will find the things they say as important as they do. An ignorant person knows little, so it is normal to give them all a high value and to seek to share them. On the contrary, an educated man, knowing everything there is to say, will hesitate before talking about something.
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