A Metaphor for Learning

The best way to find things out is not to ask questions at all. If you fire off a question, it is like firing off a gun — bang, it goes, and everything takes flight and runs for shelter. But if you sit quite still and pretend not to be looking, all the little facts will come and peck around your feet, situations will venture forth from thickets, and intentions will creep out and sun themselves on a stone; and if you are very patient, you will see and understand a great deal more than a man with a gun does.

–Elspeth Huxley

[via Whiskey River]

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One Comment on “A Metaphor for Learning”

  1. marta Says:

    I learned the most from my mother when I sat in a corner and pretended to read a book while she talked to her mother, a friend, or a lover. Oh, for the art of listening.