Artistic communication is quite unlike throwing hand grenades. There must be not only a sender but also a receiver suitably attuned.
Sometimes I speak to men and women just as a little girl speaks to her doll. She knows of course that the doll does not understand her, but she creates for herself the joy of communication through a pleasant and conscious self -deception.
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
A man is like a phonograph with half a dozen records. You soon get tired of them all; and yet you have to sit at the table whilst he reels them off to every new visitor.
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 […]