Everyone is disgusted by a man
Who offends one and all with meaningless chatter.
Uttering useless words to crowds is worse
Than committing unkindnesses toward companions.
A long and pointless discourse itself declares
To all the speaker's lack of worth.
Worthless words are doubly unprofitable: the listeners'
Enjoyment is lost, and the speaker's own virtues vanish.
Prestige and popularity flee the best of men
The moment they speak inane and useless words.
Do not call him a man who enjoys displaying
His own empty words. Call him rather the chaff of men.
Let the wise, if they deem it necessary, speak even unpleasant words,
But it is good if they always refrain from pointless speech.
In search of extraordinary gains, the wise
Will never speak trivial or ungainful words.
The wise, faultless and free from ignorance,
Never utter pointless words, even forgetfully.
In your speaking, say only that which is purposeful.
Never utter words which lack purpose.
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