Friday, September 7, 2012

A memorable quotation from a painting

The Latin inscription at the lower left reads AUT TACE  AUT LOQUERE MELIORA  SILENTIO, which translates to:

“Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.”

The painting is Philosophy (from the 1640s), a self portrait by Salvator Rosa, an Italian baroque painter who lived from 1615 to 1673. Those words originally came from Dionysius of Halicarnassus.

On February 18, 2010 in his  Manner of Speaking blog John Zimmer used it as No. 17 in his series of over 140 Quotes for Public Speakers

On March 1st I blogged something similar: Is your presentation more useful than a facial tissue?

The image came from Wikimedia Commons.

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