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I remember reading once that some fellows use language to conceal thought, but it's been my experience that a good many more use it instead of thought.

A businessman's conversation should be regulated by fewer and simpler rules than any other function of the human animal. They are:

Have something to say.

Say it.

Stop talking.

Beginning before you know what you want to say and keeping on after you have said it lands a merchant in a lawsuit or the poorhouse, and the first is a short cut to the second. I maintain a legal department here, and it costs a lot of money, but it's to keep me from going to law.

It's all right when you are calling on a girl or talking with friends after dinner to run a conversation like a Sunday-school excursion, with stops to pick flowers; but in the office your sentences should be the shortest distance possible between periods. Cut out the introduction and the peroration, and stop before you get to secondly. You've got to preach short sermons to catch sinners; and deacons won't believe they need long ones themselves. Give fools the first and women the last word. The meat's always in the middle of the sandwich. Of course, a light butter on either side of it doesn't do any harm if it's intended for a man who likes butter.

Remember, too, that it's easier to look wise than to talk wisdom. Say less than the other fellow and listen more than you talk; for when a man's listening he isn't telling on himself and he's flattering the fellow who is. Give most men a good listener and most women enough note-paper and they'll tell all they know. Money talks -- but not unless its owner has a loose tongue, and then its remarks are always offensive. Poverty talks, too, but nobody wants to hear what it has to say.

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Entry #9476
ykk
ykk
South Korea
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143 x41 x20
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Entry #10721
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703 x21 x1
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그 사업가는 결국 소송을 당하거나 모든 것을 잃게 되기 마련이란다.
Good term selection
Susan Kim
Entry #10955
Myeong Coletta
Myeong Coletta
United States
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61 x402 x1
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하지만 입이 가벼운 경우가 아니라면 돈은 말을 안 한다. 돈이 하는 말은 어차피 항상 거슬리기 마련이니까.
Flows well
Susan Kim
Entry #10823
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1001 x1
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