A Quote by David Abram on environment, speaking, civilization, life, earth, language, mind, truth, and community

Ecologically considered, it is not primarily our verbal statements that are “true” or “false,” but rather the kind of relations that we sustain with the rest of nature. A human community that lives in a mutually beneficial relation with the surrounding earth is a community, we might say, that lives in truth. The ways of speaking common to that community – the claims and beliefs that enable such reciprocity to perpetuate itself – are, in this important sense, true. They are in accord with a right relation between these people and their world. Statements and beliefs, meanwhile, that foster violence toward the land, ways of speaking that enable the impairment or ruination of the surrounding field of beings, can be described as false ways of speaking – ways that encourage an unsustainable relation with the encompassing earth. A civilization that relentlessly destroys the living land it inhabits is not well acquainted with truth, regardless of how many supposed facts it has amassed regarding the calculable properties of its world.

David Abram

Source: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage), Pages: 264

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Adyashanti on speaking, dream, awakening, and enlightenment

My speaking is meant to shake you awake, not to tell you how to dream better.


Source: Emptiness Dancing, Pages: 1

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Paul Richards on language, creation, speaking, description, and creativity

Create your own language.

Paul Richards

Source: Wild Attraction, a Ruthlessly Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationship, Pages: 174

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by David Byrne on love, attention, presence, speaking, and difference

Sometimes it's a form of love to talk to somebody that you've nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.

David Byrne

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on speaking

It's too late to correct it: when you've once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 9

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on speaking, politeness, rules, children, seen not heard, speak when spoken to, logic, argument, and conversation

'Speak when you're spoken to!' The Queen sharply interrupted her.
'But if everybody obeyed that rule,' said Alice, who was always ready for a little argument, 'and if you only spoke when you were spoken to, and the other person always waited for you to begin, you see nobody would ever say anything, so that -- '
'Ridiculous!' cried the Queen.  'Why, don't you see, child -- ' here she broke off with a frown, and, after thinking for a minute, suddenly changed the subject of the conversation. 

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 9

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on children, speaking, meaning, truth, honesty, cya, and jokes

'Always speak the truth - think before you speak - and write it down afterwards.'
'I'm sure I didn't mean - ' Alice was beginning, but the Red Queen interrupted her impatiently.
'That's just what I complain of!  You should have meant!  What do you suppose is the use of child without any meaning?  Even a joke should have some meaning - and a child's more important than a joke, I hope.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 9

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Jacquelene Close Moore on arguements truth and speaking

 The person in the argument doing the most talking is usually the one whose commentary is least based in fairness and truth

Jacquelene Close Moore

Source: Jacquelene Close Moore

Contributed by: Morrigan

A Quote by Zen Proverb on zen, wrong, open your mouth, and speaking

Open your mouth and you're wrong.

Zen Proverb

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on names, imagination, luke soloman, proverb, axiom, picture, speaking, words, funny, humor, comedy, satire, parody, home, and return

Finally, we entered Chetaube County, my imaginary birthplace, where the names of the little winding roads and minuscule mountain communities never failed to inspire me: Yardscrabble, Big Log, Upper, Middle and Lower Pigsty, Chicken Scratch, Cooterville, Felchville, Dust Rag, Dough Bag, Uranus Ridge, Big Bottom, Hooter Holler, Quickskillet, Buck Wallow, Possum Strut … We always say a picture speaks a thousand words, but isn’t the opposite equally true?

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 95

Contributed by: Leigh

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