Restoring the Sacred

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Words of Relevance: President Lincoln on The Virtue of Silence

On this the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, it's fitting to remember that the main speaker at Gettysburg that day was former secretary of state Edward Everett, who spoke for two hours on the events of the day.  Lincoln was asked only to say a few words to close the program.  He did that and much more.  His closing remarks: two hundred and seventy-two words, delivered in a littler more than two minutes, have gone down in history as one of the greatest political speeches ever delivered.  Members of our current administration, who did not pick up on the clear lesson imparted by President Lincoln that day, should pay heed to something else he said that is extremely relevant today.

Here's the quote:
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and to remove all doubt."