Let us not look east and west

Let us not look east and west for materials of conversation, but rest in presence and unity.  A just feeling will fast enough supply fuel for discourse, if speaking be more grateful than silence.  When people come to see us, we foolishly prattle, lest we be inhospitable.  But things said for conversation are chalk eggs.  Don’t say things.  What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Letters and Social Aims," 1875, paraphrased over the years to the commonly quoted version "What you do speaks so loud, that I cannot hear what you say."quoteinvestigator.com/2011/01/27/what-you-do-speaks (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

Coolidge was known for his terse speech

Coolidge was known for his terse speech and reticence.  A woman bet her friend that she could get Coolidge to speak to her, which was something he was reluctant to do.  She went up to him and said: "Hello, Mr. President, I bet my friend that I could get you to say three words to me."  "You lose," Coolidge replied dryly, and walked away.  ~Author Unknown