It´s widely repeated that it´s better to listen than to speak, you learn more that way. More than merely hearing what a person says, you´re supposed to truly listen to not just what they say, but how it´s said and more importantly, what is meant.
Fair, reasonable, and generally true.
Related, what do you do when it´s your turn to speak and you have nothing to say? Too often, we open our mouths and speak. If you have nothing to say, you should refrain from saying anything at all.
Where am I going with this?
Have you ever been in a meeting where someone felt such intense pressure to speak that they opened their mouth and ruined their career? I have. Someone in a big meeting opened their mouth with nothing to say, spoke, and looked the fool they aren´t, but now appears to be. The pressure was intense, everyone was contributing, and every voice was being heard at the table"?¦except his. Maybe a bad day, maybe a problem clouding his mind, maybe he just wasn´t listening before he spoke.
He heard the conversations, but had clearly not listened to the room. As a result, he stepped on the largest toes at the table. And unfortunately was never quite looked at the same. Coming full circle, listening is a critical skill.
Yes, there are some times when it´s better to remain silent, especially when you have nothing to say.