My dad was a silent and quiet man and he usually don't talk much. Over the years, he did not teach me many things and lessons verbally, but through his example, behaviour and character, I had learned a few things and values on how to be a better person. These are the few things:
(1) Patience is a virtue.
My dad was a patient man, he never lose his temper or shout at anyone. He was one of the good men on earth that is almost extinct. I feel that I am fortunate and lucky to inherit this trait from him which is why I am into teaching now. Teaching needs a lot of patience.
(2) Silence is golden.
Whenever someone quarrel or has an argument with him, he will always be the one who remained silent. Some people feel that we should voice up and talk back to make our stand but some people during quarrel and argument won't listen to anything that you say, so I learned that silence is golden. As long as you don't talk back, a quarrel won't start and the person will eventually find that it is useless to carry on and will stop.
(2) Honesty is a virtue.
My dad was a durian vendor. He will never sell bad or rotten durians to his customers. When the season is not good and the durians are not of good quality, he will stop business for a few weeks until the season is good. He says "might as well rest a while, I will never sell bad durians to my customers." Because he is such an honest businessman, his business is always good and he has many regular customers. I have tried to maintain this virtue of him and some friends even commented I am too honest for my own good. I do not know why, but I feel uneasy not telling the truth but of course I must say I am not 100% perfect in this area, there are still room for improvement.