Inadequacy Of Words Quotes

Quotes tagged as "inadequacy-of-words" (showing 1-9 of 9)
Rumi
“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”
Rumi

Jodi Picoult
“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Edward Hopper
“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”
Edward Hopper

Aldous Huxley
“For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody.”
Aldous Huxley

Patricia A. McKillip
“Words, he decided, were inadequate at best, impossible at worst. They meant too many things. Or they meant nothing at all.”
Patricia A. McKillip, In the Forests of Serre

William Faulkner
“People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

Italo Calvino
“The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.”
Italo Calvino

Theodore Dreiser
“Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean.  Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.”
Theodore Dreiser

Stuart Nadler
“The inscription on his gravestone had felt so wholly insufficient the moment she saw it. Just a name and dates, carved by machine. Just the inadequate and impersonal. Loving Father and Husband, like every other headstone there, whether it was true or not. This was the tasteful way to do it, she knew, even though it showed none of the true shape of the man”
Stuart Nadler, The Inseparables