Too much talking… Had too much?

Has social media infected you? Do people talk too much? See what Theognis has to say about it.

The doors of many a man’s lips do not meet, and many men are concerned with much that should not be spoken; for often that which is evil is better within, and that which is good was better before it came out.

                                                                                                Theognis, Elegies, 421

Symposion_Plato

πολλοῖς ἀνθρώπων γλώσσῃ θύραι οὐκ ἐπίκεινται

ἁρμόδιαι, καί σφιν πόλλ᾽ ἀλάλητα μέλει:

πολλάκι γὰρ τὸ κακὸν κατακείμενον ἔνδον ἄμεινον,

ἔστε δ᾽ ἂν ἐξέλθῃ λώϊον ἦν τὸ καλόν.

Here is what Euripides has to say:

Μενέλαος

λέγ᾽: εὖ γὰρ εἶπας: ἔστι δ᾽ οὗ σιγὴ λόγου
κρείσσων γένοιτ᾽ ἄν. ἔστι δ᾽ οὗ σιγῆς λόγος.

                                                            Euripides, Orestes, Line 638

Menelaus
Good advice! Speak. There are times when silence would be better than speech, and the reverse also.

William-Adolphe_Bouguereau_(1825-1905)_-_The_Remorse_of_Orestes_(1862)William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – 

The Remorse of Orestes (1862)

Then maybe speech sometimes is preferable? Maybe not.

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