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What is the meaning of the quote: "A man is known by the silence he keeps".

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To me if someone is trustworthy they keep things you say and do to themselves and do not spread any gossip about you. So his reputation as being trusted is one that is known by his silence.

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I'm assuming it means he doesn't tell secrets? Or he only speaks up when he should?

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its giving value to a person who doesn't have have an opinion about everything. you ever come accross that guy who also has something to say and you end up just gunning him out? so this saying is about the other guy who only talks when he has something worthwhile to say.

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A man who talks when he has legitimate reason to say something. Not only to hear himself talk and hope people will see him as a "mental wizard" of sorts.

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it is better to keep silent and have people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and confirm it.

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People will remember you for being modest.

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