“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice” and “Give thy thoughts no tongue.” — Hamlet

 

Modern-day translation: Listen up, and think before you speak.

Politicians tend to suffer from foot-in-mouth disease, whether it’s fulminating over flimsy facts or saying something doltish during a televised debate. Heed the Bard’s advice and you just might avoid the kind of verbal slip-up that turns into the sound bite of the century. (The “47 percent” can probably all agree on this one.)

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