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I thought that was Confuscious, but have also heard Mark Twain and Queen Elisabeth as the quoted.
..so then I found a site that had A TON of other people who supposedly said it...
Their solution: they said that should be considered a simple maxim, not attributable to any single person
...which doesn't make it wrong
This quote is attributed to several people
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt . -- George Eliot
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.-- Abraham Lincoln (also attr. Confucius)
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.-- Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. -- Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28
"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."
Cited as an example of "What Mark Twain Didn't Say" in Mark Twain by Geoffrey C. Ward, et. al
Something Mark Twain did say on the subject of fools
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year"
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