Sunday, 28 September 2008

Quote for the Week

Earlier this week I started reading Borges’ The Total Library, and the quote below, from his early piece Verbiage for Poems, stood out for me as something worth noting down in my journal. Several days later, it seems worthy of being my inaugural ‘Quote for the Week’:

Language is an efficient ordering of the world’s enigmatic abundance. Or, in other words, we invent nouns to fit reality...All nouns are abbreviations. Instead of saying cold, sharp, burning, unbreakable, shiny, pointy, we utter “dagger”.

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