James Earl Jones
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Be it grand or slender, burrowing, blasting, or refusing to sanctify; whether it laughs out loud or is a cry without an alphabet, the choice word, the chosen silence, unmolested language surges toward knowledge, not its destruction....
Word-work is sublime... because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference - the way in which we are like no other life.
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Quote of the Day, 11/08/06: Language
Because it's Wednesday, and I like to do wordy things on Wednesday, today's quotes are about language.