Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"...because words are too small."

“Men’s tongues fork at birth. It has always been so. The bird cannot lie. The lion is a hunter, to be feared, yes, but he is true to his nature. The tree and rock are true – they are a tree and rock. Nothing more, but nothing less. But man, the only creature who can make words – uses this great gift to betray truth, to betray himself, to betray nature and God. He will point to a tree and tell you it is not a tree, stand over your dead body and say he did not kill you. Words, you see, speak for the brain, and the brain is a machine. Music” – he smiled his glorious smile raised his index finger – “music speaks for the soul because words are too small.” 

- Dennis Lehane, 'The Given Day'

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