920 – “I have a talent for silence and brevity. I can keep silent when it seems best to do so, and when I speak I can, and do usually, quit when I am done. This talent, or these two talents, I have cultivated. Silence and concise, brief speaking have got me some laurels, and, I suspect, lost me some. No odds. Do what is natural to you, and you are sure to get all the recognition you are entitled to.”

-Rutherford B Hayes, 19th President of the United States of America

Quote Number: 916

Source: Hayes, Rutherford B. “Diary Entry.” November 20, 1872. In Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States: 1865-1881. Ohio State Archæological and Historical Society: Columbus, Ohio. 1924. Pg. 220.

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