3 Days, 3 Quotes: An Introvert’s Motto (Day 3)

Yay, I finished this mini challenge! Thanks again to Angelica for the tag.

Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you.

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day, can be a super short post).

• Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Today’s Quote:

“It’s better to speak less than more, and even better to speak purposefully than sparsely.”

be quiet

 

This sentence was probably the one thing I liked from the Buddhist summer camp I was made to go to once as a kid. The original version goes like this:「話多不如話少,話少不如話好」. Their official translation had “kindly” instead of “purposefully”, but “好” is just a general term for “good”, and I’ve always interpreted “good” as “purposeful” in this context.

I admire people who are efficient with their use of language. I wouldn’t say I’m one of these people – at least not when I speak. Because I often can’t think of something purposeful enough to say, I tend to keep quiet. Only with people who I’m close with would I risk wasting their time with my not necessarily valuable words. I guess it can be seen as a confidence issue – the fact that I’m harsher on myself with what constitutes purposeful speech – but I really do think that speaking should be efficient. We speak for the sake of communicating after all.

That being said…it is sometimes pleasant to hear people rant. Hmm…if ranting is more sincere, then maybe a rant is to be preferred. Sincerity > purposefulness > briefness? Shouldn’t really be ranking my values like this either, because of how context-based these things are. It depends on whether you’re more concerned about expressing or informing.

Now then, tags…

Almost forgot about my bonus quote! Here you go:

this is the library
Don’t you wish the world is a library sometimes?

Also, wow, this is my 50th post!

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20 thoughts on “3 Days, 3 Quotes: An Introvert’s Motto (Day 3)

  1. Whoa fifty posts already huh? Congrats! 🎉🎉
    I can definitely be that way as well. I can be very quiet, especially in huge crowds. But there are times when I am with friends I just can’t seem to stop talking. I do like to add things to conversations in crowds that matter, but mostly I do tend to observe so to speak. But that also has to do at times with being a bit shy 🙈
    Really enjoyed this series: onwards to the next 50! 😀

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    1. Thank you! And it’s nice to see another person relate to this feeling.
      Was actually considering tagging you, but I wasn’t sure if you’d be too busy to do this tag. 😅 Brace yourself if it ever comes around to you!

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      1. You are very welcome and honestly as much as I would love to, I really would not know when to do it. There are a lot of things I’m currently working on (another Bloggers in the spotlight post for bloggers that don’t really focus on any one topic, a review for Aliens, preparing for anime month, the competition that is nearing the end, collab posts…lol…I really don’t think I can sleep anymore. 😂😂
        But thanks for considering me, that’s very kind of you 😊

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  2. Sometimes people get frustrated since I say the bare minimum and they are still stuck on the first part of the conversation and I’m at the end. I don’t always realize that they can’t follow the monologue in my head that got me to the end point.

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    1. That’s interesting. That doesn’t really happen to me, but I often start a sentence and leave it hanging because I expect the other person to complete it logically in their head but they don’t.
      It’s weird though, because it’s also a cultural thing. Japanese people often leave sentences hanging (especially with awkward topics) and expect the other person not to probe further, but I guess not everyone has this sort of understanding.

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