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Speech is silver, silence is golden

Meaning: Speaking is good but saying nothing is better. Discretion can be worth more than even eloquent words.

Note: speech (noun): the act of speaking | silver (noun): a greyish-white precious metal | gold (noun): a yellow precious metal (more valuable than silver) | This proverb is also found as: "Speech is silver but silence is golden."

Quick Quiz:

If it's true that "speech is silver, silence is golden", then words can be
  1. less valuable than no words
  2. as valuable as no words
  3. more valuable than no words

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