After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
Brisk talkers are usually slow thinkers. There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate. If you are civil to the voluble, they will abuse your patience; if brusque, your character.
A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive shortwave facilities scattered about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.
Your President, President Clinton, he is a great communicator. The trouble is he has absolutely nothing to communicate.
The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.
We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing to communicate… We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the old world some weeks nearer to the new; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the […]
All discourse of which others cannot partake is not only an irksome usurpation of the time devoted to pleasure and entertainment, but, what never fails to excite resentment, an insolent assertion of superiority, and a triumph over less enlightened understandings. The pedant is, therefore, not only heard with weariness but malignity; and those who conceive […]
We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.
If a person feels he can’t communicate, the least he can do is shut up about it.
However people may carp or cavil about what has become known as the peremissive age, I believe that free communication, even if pushed to excess, is better than the murk of ignorance. Better a generation which has come to terms with its physical existence than one in which a lack of knowledge is veiled by […]