Is silence a sign of wisdom?

Profile photo of BriGuy BriGuy (@iambrian) 4 years, 1 month ago

“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?

November 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm
Profile photo of St Emilion
St Emilion (2,987) (@manimal) 4 years, 1 month ago ago

@aidenblair, Yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that when you’re speaking you’re projecting and you do not know. You may know something, but when you speak you don’t.
That doesn’t mean Lao is contradicting himself by speaking.

What you say about the time spent speaking is spot-on. It’s either input or output, never both. The more time you spend speaking (or fantasizing, or creating, or whatever) the less time you spend taking in your surroundings.

Yes, we all learn different things differently. We all hold different things to be true.
But if you look beyond that, what do you see?

Profile photo of Aiden
Aiden (63) (@aidenblair) 4 years, 1 month ago ago

When I look beyond what is relative, I can then see how it relates.

Profile photo of Milo
Milo (57) (@milo) 2 years, 6 months ago ago

I’ve heard this: “A wise man speaks when he has something to say, a fool speaks when he has to say something”

I don’t think silence means wisdom, it just means you can’t think of anything worth saying.

load more