The things you do not have to say make you rich.
Saying the things you do not have to say weakens your talk.
Hearing the things you do not need to hear dulls your hearing.
And things you know before you hear them, these are you, and this is the reason you are in the world.
— From William Stafford's Crossing Unmarked Snow, quoted by John
O'Donohue in Beauty, the Invisible Embrace
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