Is silence a sign of wisdom?
“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” -Lao Tzu
I’ve come across many quotes similar to this one. I don’t quite understand what they mean. How does being silent exemplify knowledge? Or do quotes like this represent something completely different. Any ideas?
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The quote is trying to convey the idea that those that understand something have already resolved the information inside of their head. The ones that are deliberating and speaking are usually looking for answers. The silent ones don’t contribute because they already know.
Think of it like a math class. The kids that interrupt constantly during the class to ask silly questions are not stupid, they just don’t know yet, they don’t understand it. The silent ones are just observing because they are on top of the material.
A further observation of the quote is that those that are silent and not waiting for their turn to talk are able to better listen and thus they know a lot more. Two people arguing and shouting leaves both people too busy talking to know or understand anything about what they’re fighting for. The silent one takes in everything from both sides and sees it with a clear mind.
Just a thought.