Lincoln and the Power of Silence

Stamford Advocate Op-ed for February 12, 2018

“Known for their speaking abilities, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill often knew when and why to be quiet. “Solomon says there is ‘a time to keep silence,” President-elect Lincoln told the Indiana Legislature in February 1861. “I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not,” he told a Pittsburgh crowd a few days later. “It is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”

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