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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

61- Talk and silence


One may talk much, so he loses the virtues of silence, thinking and contemplating. And one may remain silent and loses the advantage of the word of benefit, the word of consolation, the word of advice and also loses witnessing for the truth. As for the integral man, he knows when to remain silent and when to talk.

He does not remain silent when it is good to talk, and does not talk when it is good to remain silent.

When he is silent, it is by wisdom. And when he talks, it is for a benefit. He controls the two matters together and uses each of them at its good time.

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