A Message to Twitterers from the Middle Ages

“Keep silent unless what you are going to say is more important than silence”

Rosa Salvator

It’s a self portrait of Rosa Salvator from the 17th century. Its unusual for it’s age as the quote is actually in the painting. This is one of my favourite paintings in the National.

If the quote is familiar it is because it has been paraphrased by Lisa Simpson and Abraham Lincoln.

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  1. says

    Oh, may I borrow this from you without giving you credit. This is great and I wish there was the same type thing in Latin about email.

    “Don’t send me email unless what you are going to say is more important than the electrons required to send it”

    (remember to forward to 10,000 or Bill Gates will buy Nigeria! and give you 10% once the check clears)

  2. Lyndoman says

    Go for it, I’m sure that karma will reward you ;)

    I think the same quote can be applied to email or any form of communication. As John Lennon once said, “Everyone is talking, but no one is saying a thing”.

  3. says

    Hmmm…..that has now killed all of my Twittering and blogging. I shall need to think hard about what to say from now on.
    But I love it. I have just send the picture with the quote around the office and I think a few people have stopped sending me emails already.
    Bliss

  4. says

    Go for it, I’m sure you’ll be rewarded.

    I think the same quote can be applied to email or any form of communication. As John Lennon once said, “Everyone is talking, but no one is saying a thing”.

    -Jeff

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