Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Skill I Lack

"He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing."

--Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

9 comments:

Natalie said...

Don't worry, I have a feeling you're not the only one. Actually, I don't think many people have that skill.

Renee Collins said...

ha ha, that's great.

I feel like I am one extreme or the other, alternating. Sometimes I speak too much at the wrong time, sometimes I shrink away when I should say more.

writtenwyrdd said...

Lines like that are priceless. Too bad I cannot be like that!

fairyhedgehog said...

I'm getting better as I get older.

I'd like to think that it's wisdom but it's mostly that I've slowed down. By the time I think of something to say, the moment has gone.

JaneyV said...

If it were a skill most people had the Mr Wilde wouldn't have felt the need to talk about it!

I have for my entire life suffered with Footinmouthitis. I have NEVER been good at judging the moment but as FH said as you get older, the slowdown has a handy buffering effect.

Erin said...

i heart dorian gray. well, the book, not the character.

and since he's not exactly an admirable character, so what if the rest of us don't know when to shut up, right?

Nick said...

I think Yogi Berra's wisdom can easily be modified to apply to this topic as well: "Baseball is 90% mental -- the other half is physical."

Whirlochre said...

Lucky he said it, really.

freddie said...

I, on the other hand, have a talent for making self-deprecating jokes at precisely the wrong moment.