He that questioneth much shall learn much, and content much; but especially if he apply his questions to the skill of the persons whom he asketh; for he shall give them occasion to please themselves in speaking, and himself shall continually gather knowledge. But let his questions not be troublesome, for that is fit for a poser.
From Bacon’s essay, “Of Discourse” (1625)
So what are you up to this morning? How’s your day going? What have you been reading lately? How’s your Mamma and them?