A brother came to Abba Theodore and spent three days begging him to say a word to him, but without getting a single reply. So, he went away aggrieved. Then the old man’s disciple asked him:
‘Abba, why did you not say a word to him? See how he has gone away aggrieved?’
The old man said; ‘I did not speak to him because he is a trafficker in words who seeks to glorify himself through the words of others’.
Theodore of Pherme (4th Century Desert Father), 3.