It is different at different stages:
1. In the case of a child, words speak.
2. In the case of an adult, ideas speak.
3. In the case of the Sage, Truth speaks.
You become so familiar with certain ideas that they form part of the integral ‘I’-
principle for all practical purposes. These ideas sometimes come out like a flash,
surprising even you. Ideas come out as though by instinct, as your hands come out to
protect your head or eyes in the face of sudden danger.
In the case of the Sage, when a question is put, there being no ego present, the
Truth comes out spontaneously and the talk that follows is not really eloquent, but is
Shri Atmananda from Spiritual Discourses