It is better to hear than to speak. As long as I hear truth, I am bathed by a beautiful element & am not conscious of any limits to my nature. The suggestions are thousandfold that I hear & see. The waters of the great Deep have ingress & eggress to the soul. But if I speak, then I define, confine, & am less. Silence is a menstruum that dissolves personality & gives us leave to be great & universal.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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