Knowing when not to say…

Signature of CS Lewis.

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In July 1946 C. S. Lewis was invited by a society’s board to speak at their meeting in Royal Albert Hall. He graciously declined the invitation with, “I am sure this meeting is important and excellent: but I must act by my own conviction that I should do no real good by speaking at it. When you have to begin by asking ‘What on earth could I say?’ it is a pretty sure sign you should say nothing” (Walter Hooper, ed., The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, vol. II, p. 719).