The way to be the most powerful person in any situation has nothing to be with being tall, young, clever, talented, strong, intimidating, rich, fast, deceptive or having friends in high places. The way to be the most powerful person in any situation is to always use your tongue: Think before you speak. Don’t say too much, or too little, just enough that is required to make the point and dispense wisdom. Don’t be baited into retaliation and don’t be goaded into saying anything but what is important. Use your tongue, and use it wisely!
It was Matteo Bandello who wrote: “The tongue, though bone it lack, yet it doth break the back, and so it is that, of a thousand errors committed, nine hundred proceed from little considering that which is said; for that, if we took good thought unto that which we would say and considered in ourselves if our speech might avail to bring profit or harm to ourselves or others, how many idle words are spoken which would be kept close in the throat!”