This insight from John Dewey (Philosopher And Psychologist) reminds us that things may appear similar but still difference(s) may exist.
You may look like somebody else, but two of you who look alike are different persons properly looking at each of you in every aspect of human life.
The late Philosopher And Psychologist, John Dewey, opined that “There’s all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something“.
You may have something to say, which may not necessary be what you should say at that point in time, which means that saying it is not proper, and you are advised not to say it at that point in time.
Having to say something means that you really need to say something about the matter at hand; it means that your opinion is needed at that point in time; that is to say that you have to say something, which in other words means that you should say something.
I know that this insight from John Dewey is somewhat confusing, but this is the kind of insights you should expect from not just a philosopher only or a psychologist only, but someone who is both a Philosopher and a Psychologist, that was who John Dewey was before death.
In recapitulation, know when to say something and when not to say something; words spoken out can never be taken back, hence the need for you to be wary of what you say.
Say the right thing when you have to say something, and having something to say doesn’t mean that you should say it, but do so if it matters.
Therefore, when you have something to say, which is the right thing to say, then say it because you really have to say something.
Feel free to read again the above explanation of mine on today’s insight from John Dewey (Philosopher and Psychologist).