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Great post this is one of my favourite subjects, especially when laking about loved ones.

"The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out."
Stephen King

There is also a great chapter in Siddhartha by Herman Hesse that also talks about the inadequecy of words.

words never express the entire truth of anything. words are deceptive, which he expresses in the paradoxical phrase that "in every truth the opposite is equally true" . Words divide; they point to things by saying it is this or that and it is not anything else.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Great thoughts, Andrew. You express well what I mean when I say, "it is only words that can communicate their own inadequacy." I could amend to this and say that music and some forms of art are wonderful examples of powerful expression without words.

Going further, I think many artists limit or even ruin their music, paintings, sculptures, etc by naming them or attaching words to them.

Thanks for sharing...


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