Abba Joseph asked Abba Nisteros, “What should I do about my tongue? For I cannot control it.” And the old man told him, “Is it a relief to you when you speak?” And he replied, “No.” Then the old man said, “If speaking is no relief to you, why do you persist? You should keep silent; and if conversation arises, listen rather than speak.”

– The Gerontikon

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