It is clear in the Hávamál and other places in the Eddas and sagas that wisdom was measured not only by the answers one could give, but also by the questions asked. In many ways more can be told about a person from the questions that he or she asks then the statements made, or answers they might give. A question requires consideration and deliberation, and if not the end, it is certainly the beginning of wisdom. In approaching a subject that one is unfamiliar with it soon becomes apparent that a certain amount of knowledge is necessary to frame even a simple question.
28 Fróđur sá ţykist er fregna kann og segja iđ sama. Eyvitu leyna megu ýta synir ţví er gengur um guma. To ask well, to answer rightly, Are the marks of a wise man: Men must speak of men's deeds, What happens may not be hidden. Hávamál