Arabic Proverb: Silence is an Answer to the Stupid

Yes, you have said it all. Silence is Golden. Jazaki’llahu khair

J.S. Cherfi

Today I wanted to share an Arabic proverb which is so simple yet powerful

السكوت على الاحمق جوابه

Literal translation: Silence is an answer to the stupid.

There are some things which, to put it frankly, do not deserve a response. For whatever reason that may be, sometimes people are looking for a reaction of some kind, they may be saying something which they intend to provoke, offend or insult.

Rather than rise to it, silence is the best response. Then you do not say anything which could be held against you, you do nothing wrong in giving a response of silence. Not only that, but it lets that person know that whatever they said, was not appropriate or worthy of giving attention to.

If someone says something rude, hurtful, provoking, manipulative or inappropriate, then that ultimately is something stupid and giving a response will only make that person go…

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