Socrates believed that the way to find answers and attain knowledge was though the practice of conversation.
In reading from Socrates philosophical quotes, we noticed a lot of them echo why we love using Awkward Silence – exploring ideas, provoking deeper thinking, learning new things.
With that in mind, we wanted to share some of Socrates’ best quotes that encourage us to engage in conversation.
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” (We believe the latter refers to gossip.)
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” (Socrates mentions others’ writings, but you get the same benefit in talking to someone about their experience.)
“Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.”
“Understanding a question is half an answer.”
“The highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others.”
“Everything is plainer when spoken than when unspoken.”
What should you talk about when you know a conversation is only going to be brief?
If you want to have a rewarding conversation with someone, never ask this question.
There is a reason we are social. It's to be known.
Last week, we discussed the importance of not interrupting others. But sometimes an interruption can actually enhance a conversation.
You hate being interrupted, but do you interrupt others?
Couples fall in love when they become interested in each other. But as you start to become less interesting to each other, what can be done to stop another interesting person jeapordizing the relationship?
What's your favorite band? What's your favorite book? People shoot down "favorite" questions because they haven't got an answer ready. But you don't need an answer to discuss these questions.
Disappointed by how you're answering questions? This is how conversation motivates you to change for the better.
When starting a conversation, we can jump to the most obvious question. Chances are, this person has heard this question a lot and is now bored by it.
It may surprise you that it's OK not to talk sometimes.