WISDOM

This is wisdom, maids and men;
Knowing what to say and when.
Speech is common; thought is rare;
Wise men choose their words with care.
Artists with the master touch
Never use one word too much.
Jesus, praying on the Mount,
Made his every sentence count.
Lincoln's Gettysburg address
Needs not one word more or less.
This is wisdom, maids and men;
Knowing what to say and when.

-Edgar A. Guest