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  • Written language must be considered as a particular psychic reality. The book is permanent; it is an object in your field of vision. It speaks to you with a monotonous authority which even its author would not have. You are fairly obliged to read what is written.

    Book   Reality   Psychics  
  • The earliest language was body language and, since this language is the language of questions, if we limit the questions, and if we only pay attention to or place values on spoken or written language, then we are ruling out a large area of human language.

    Attention   Body   Pay  
  • I try to make the voice in my head come out onto the page. I try to make it much more conversational than other writing. I speak everything, so if something sounds right I write it. It's more about sound and the rhythm of speech than written language.

    Writing   Voice   Trying  
    Interview with Toby Litt, tobylitt.wordpress.com. August 1, 2008.
  • One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.

  • This is what happens when the discourse of publishing, defined and driven by spoken and written language, is talked about in exactly the same vocabulary and syntax as any widgetmaking industry. Books are reformulated as 'product' - like screwdrivers or flea-bombs or soap - and the majority of writers are perceived as typists with bad attitudes.

  • Do we regard language as more public, more ceremonial, than thought? Just as family men condemn the profanity on the stage that they use constantly in conversation, in the same way we may look to written language as an idealization rather than a reflection of ourselves.

    Reflection   Men   Looks  
    Edmund White (2014). “States of Desire Revisited: Travels in Gay America”, p.284, University of Wisconsin Pres
  • Thoughts are created in the act of writing. [It is a myth that] you must have something to say in order to write. Reality: You often need to write in order to have anything to say. Thought comes with writing, and writing may never come if it is postponed until we are satisfied that we have something to say...The assertion of write first, see what you had to say later applies to all manifestations of written language, to letters...as well as to diaries and journals

    Writing   Reality   Order  
  • Literacy, written language is a very late acquisition in terms of human evolution.

    "Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life". "On Being" with Krista Tippett, onbeing.org. November 3, 2011.
  • Taste and smell are often the beggars among our five senses - they leave no written language and therefore no standards other than wholly personal ones. Tasting a superlative Moselle wine can be an aesthetic experience no less genuine than hearing a Mozart piano concerto or seeing for the first time an original Breughel painting.

    Wine   Piano   Smell  
  • Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language. It is essentially a written language, and it endeavors to exemplify in its written structures the patterns which it is its purpose to convey. The pattern of the marks on paper is a particular instance of the pattern to be conveyed to thought. The algebraic method is our best approach to the expression of necessity, by reason of its reduction of accident to the ghostlike character of the real variable.

    Real   Character   Math  
  • Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

    1847; quoted by propagandist and language maven William Safire, New York Times Magazine, 13 December 1998.
  • The major accomplishment of analyzing illiteracy so far has been the listing of symptoms: the decrease in functional literacy; a general degradation of writing skills and reading comprehension; an alarming increase of packaged language (cliches used in speeches, canned messages); and a general tendency to substitute visual media (especially television and video) for written language.

    Reading   Writing   Media  
    Mihai Nadin (1997). “The Civilization of Illiteracy”, p.17, Dresden University Press
  • Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

  • In Japan, their written language doesn't translate to keyboards well. So they have problem communicating with computers, so they really feel that what's missing from telephones and computer interfaces is this ability to move around in three-space.

    Moving   Japan   Space  
    Source: medium.com
  • Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.

    Writing   Editing   Mind  
  • Civilization could not exist until there was written language, because without written language no generation could bequeath to succeeding generations anything but its simpler findings.

  • One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.

    Hart Crane (1965). “Letters, 1916-1932”
  • Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.

    William Penn (1792). “Fruits of Solitude: In Reflections and Maxims Relating to the Conduct of Human Life”, p.130
  • This is the power of images, the ambiguity. You are never completely sure of anything. With written language, it's more concrete. You have to establish some facts, but in movies, you see things happening, and the exact meaning behind the images is more ambiguous.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • A drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

    The Elements of Style ch. 2 (1918)
  • In an age when other fantastically speedy, widespread media are triumphing, and running the risk of flattening all communication onto a single, homogenous surface, the function of literature is communication between things that are different simply because they are different, not blunting but even sharpening the differences between them, following the true bent of written language.

    "Six Memos for the Next Millennium". Book by Italo Calvino. Translated by Patrick Creagh, 1996.
  • Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (2001). “On the Constitution of the Church and State”, p.326, Classic Books Company
  • Use the smallest word that does the job.

    Jobs   Writing   Doe  
  • Education is a technology that tries to make up for what the human mind is innately bad at. Children don't have to go to school to learn how to walk, talk, recognize objects, or remember the personalities of their friends, even though these tasks are much harder than reading, adding, or remembering dates in history. They do have to go to school to learn written language, arithmetic, and science, because those bodies of knowledge and skill were invented too recently for any species-wide knack for them to have evolved.

    "The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature". Book by Steven Pinker, 2002.
  • The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes, their written language is too difficult for human minds, and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears.

    Stars   Eye   Wind  
    John Muir (2010). “The Wilderness Journeys”, Canongate Books
  • He that uses many words for explaining any subject, doth, like the cuttlefish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink.

  • I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

    Lawrence Grobel, Truman Capote (1986). “Conversations with Capote”, Plume
  • Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.

    Alfred North Whitehead (1968). “Modes of Thought”, p.37, Simon and Schuster
  • When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

    Sarcastic   War   Sarcasm  
  • As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.

    Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 11
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