[Pay] more intention to the question than to the answer and never [be] afraid to go in an opposite direction to find a solution. (Richard Saul Wurman, author)

In the midst of a conversation, we are often so distracted with the answer we’re preparing to offer that we don’t really hear the question. Wurman’s advice should be taken seriously. We want to be sure to understand clearly not just the words of the question but what lies behind it. We may discover insights, then, that will enable us to offer much better, more helpful replies.

An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship (Proverbs 24:16).

Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much (1 Corinthians 8:2).