Harriet Rubin

Most people think that they need to know a lot about a subject before they speak about it. The challenge of speaking calls up thoughts that you don’t even know are percolating inside your brain. People are unread books. Speaking forces you to say out loud what you know deep inside.

To think deeply, don’t ask questions. Talk about something that you don’t entirely know—and discover connections that your subconscious has already made. Talking is a forcing mechanism: You have to have an idea, whether you know it or not.

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