The title of this post made me laugh and I happened to find it the day after talking about the power of using the words "and" and "but" to either amplify or negate a previous statement.

When I was growing up, I was often told "There is no such thing as a stupid question."  The idea of this statement is that if you really want to learn, you should speak up and ask questions about what you don't understand.  It is a simplification and there are stupid questions, so it is funny to read someone making fun of this cliche.

In the title statement, the speaker starts with agreeing with the premise and then by cleverly adding the ", but", the first statement is negated and the real meaning is revealed that the writer believes there are a lot of idiots out there.

As with many cliches, there is an almost as popular saying that is practically the complete opposite of this one: 
"It is better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

It is up to you to decide if you want to risk being thought a fool by not asking what may be perceived as a stupid question, or to go ahead with the question and remove all doubt about your being a fool, or ask the question and possibly learn something.

Asking questions is also a key part of the Socratic method of learning.  I have been told that I naturally employ the Socratic method, without even knowing exactly what that means.  I think people mean that I like to ask many questions.  I'm sure there is more than one time that I've been considered an inquisitive idiot.

What other humorous sayings have you read lately?
 


Comments

08/26/2015 4:54pm

Life is not always what you want . Good and bad things happen always , but all that has been set God , with a wonderful ending .

Reply

Do not over think sendirimu , because there is someone out there who are wondering what it was like to meet you.

Reply
08/26/2015 5:04pm

Do not weep for those who leave for the sake of others . If they are foolish enough let you go , you should be smart enough to forget .

Reply
08/27/2015 2:07pm

I am typically to blogging and i actually recognize your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your web site and maintain checking for brand new information.

Reply
09/28/2015 12:28pm

I'm impressed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that's both educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I stumbled across this in my hunt for something relating to this

Reply
12/18/2015 3:02pm


wow your writing is very good, I love it thanks in advance

Reply
02/10/2016 12:39am

Success and happiness are always a great thing for all the people because we can make our life great. These happinese make our life great and successful.

Reply
03/21/2016 4:18pm

This is very interesting forum to discuss about animal goat

Reply

What you wrote there is what was going on my mind. These questions instigate anger in me. Would you pay for someone to write your paper so they could try to learn and grow along with their aspiration.

Reply
05/03/2016 1:49pm

Hello sir admin, I introduce visitors from another planet. Greetings and thank you already shared some interesting information.

Reply
08/26/2016 1:13pm

Where there is sugar there must be ants, where there is news there is the visitors who are looking for the latest news.

Reply
09/15/2016 3:38pm

With me leaving a comment on any news story I've read, that's the evidence that the news that you post interesting to observe.

Reply
10/06/2016 12:41pm

Quickly updated collection of news, so that visitors who come to your blog were not disappointed. to Admin, please immediately update

Reply
12/02/2016 11:25am

One culture preserved in the world is a culture of mutual assistance, therefore I try to help as much as possible by filling in the comments on this site.

Reply
03/06/2017 11:41am

Just by surfing through blogs / sites, we can explore the wide world. Keep spirit to all bloggers.

Reply
04/25/2017 1:59pm

Because I am hobby reading, every day I was browsing the Internet, and many sites I visit. My purpose only seek knowledge in order not to say outdated. Well today, I met you the chance presented many interesting things, It makes me feel at home for a long time here. Thanks yes sir!

Reply
05/04/2017 1:20pm

Because I am hobby reading, every day I was browsing the Internet, and many sites I visit. My purpose only seek knowledge in order not to say outdated. Well today, I met you the chance presented many interesting things, It makes me feel at home for a long time here. Thanks yes sir!

Reply
06/06/2017 3:31pm

I hope admin block owners to always be the spirit of making the article more interesting to read, so that all visitors to this blog will not be disappointed after visiting this site. Awaited next posting. Thank you so much gan.

Reply



Leave a Reply