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“Many a true word is spoken in jest”
and “Some truths, too painful or too likely to provoke, can be spoken only when the listener has been disarmed by laughter” are proverbial truths.The idea appears to have been recorded first by Geoffrey Chaucer with the line, “A man may seye full sooth (truth) in game and pley,” in his “The Canterbury Tales” (circa 1387).In “King Lear” (1605), William Shakespeare wrote,”Jesters do oft prove prophets”; and some years later, the modern version was rendered in the “Roxburghe Ballad” (circa 1665): “Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.”
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From “Wise Words and Wives’ Tales: The Origins, Meanings and Time-Honored Wisdom of Proverbs and Folk Sayings Olde and New” by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993) as cited at http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board…

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It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt
It’s been attributed to many persons, but seems to have its roots in the Bible:It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt . — George Eliot
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)
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. There are no citations for Lincoln or Twain. I have my doubts about Confucius.
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  1. actually I would think your nights WOULD be haunted by regrets…especially in the wee small hours when sleep eludes one and any manner of things float in and out of the mind….

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