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QUOTES ON SPEECH


Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact — it is silence which isolates.

THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain

The more flowery a person's speech ... the more suspect the feelings, or lack of feelings, it concealed.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary

None of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows ... human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary

Speech is a rolling-machine that always stretches the feelings it expresses.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary