Sunday, May 25, 2014

Language and Tradition

But in the next place, language is intimately connected and co-ordinate with tradition, whether sacred or profane, with all the recorded fruits of human speculation and inquiry. And as the word is the root out of which the whole stem of man's transmitted knowledge, or tradition, has grown up, with all its branches and offshoots, so, too, in the eloquent speech, in the elegant composition, and even in all lofty internal meditation—which form, as it were, the leaves, flowers, and fruits of this goodly tree of living tradition — it is again the word by which the whole is carried on and ultimately perfected.

Schlegel, The Philosophy of Life, Morrison, tr., p. 50.

1 comment:

  1. Itinérante1:34 PM

    This makes me wonder about people having hearing difficulties and cannot learn speech that is as elaborate as word language... We dream in words, we think in words, we do a lot of things with words...

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