if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all

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if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all

If you are only going to say something rude or mean-spirited, keep quiet instead. Oh, he makes me so mad! But my mom always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," so I'm just going to walk away and cool off. A: "Ugh, she's such a soiled brat!" B: "Tom! If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all!"
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