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An associate of mine provided the following quote. I don't know how accurate it is or who actually wrote it. Any ideas to accuracy and author?
" It is better to keep your mouth shut and presumed a fool then to open it and remove all doubt".
Thank you for any information
 
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It’s been attributed to all the usual suspects, but seems to have its roots in the bible:
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. -- Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28.

Others who came later:
"Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."
-George Eliot (1819-1880), author

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.-- Abraham Lincoln (also attr. Confucius)

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.-- Mark Twain (1835-1910)
 
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