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EARLIER in these pages the advice not to talk has been given. In fact it may seem that I believe one of the prerequisites for success is to sink oneself into a surly silence.
Nothing can be farther from the truth. To talk enough, to talk persuasively, to establish and maintain friendly relations with those around us, is of supreme importance to effective living. Nevertheless, it is easy to talk too much, at the wrong times, or with the wrong objective. Innumerable proverbs exist to show that folk-wisdom has always recognized a danger in excessive wordiness. "Speech is silver, silence is golden"; "Much talk, little work"; "A barking dog never bites," we say; we call the tongue "the unruly member," say that a gossip's tongue is "hung in the middle," speak of a demagogue as "a windbag," praise "a man of few words," and are sometimes uncomfortably impressed by the strength of laconic speech.