Quotes to start 2021

Two quotes seen in
a recently published book, "How to make the World add up - ten rules for thinking differently about numbers", by Tim Harfod a senior columnist for the Financial Times and the presenter of "More or Less" on Radio 4.

Contributor: Alan Rennie
Posted: 210104
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.

This entertaining saying is usually credited to Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain but the website "Quote Investigator" suggests a number of other possible sources.

Tim Harford's book has the saying in more modern terms:

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than tweet and remove all doubt.
One positive thing I will say about social media is that it does allow idiots to parade their abilities.

Another quote from Tim Harford's book.