In a 24-7 world it’s useful to remember the value of quiet. This New York Times piece reminded me of it. (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/opinion/sunday/the-joy-of-quiet.html).
It quotes Philippe Starck on creativity. What allowed him to stay ahead of the curve? “I never read any magazines or watch TV. Nor do I go to cocktail parties, dinners or anything like that.I live alone mostly, in the middle of nowhere.”
If good writing is born of good reading, then perhaps good speaking is borne of silence and good thinking. Worth remembering in a noisy world.