“This universe can well be expressed in words and syllables which are not those of one’s mother tongue.” —Tahar Ben Jelloun
If we spoke with one tongue, would civilization be civil?
“If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Would we see eye to eye?
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” —Mahatma Gandhi
Would we turn the other cheek?
“My cheeks explode when I smile. That’s why I have to look so nonplussed.” —Rufus Wainwright
Would we use our mouth for anything better than chewing the fat?
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” —Mark Twain
Would we lend an ear to a Vulcan?
“We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.” -William Shatner Would we smell a rose in a compost heap and a rat in a rose garden?
“A nose that can see is worth two that sniff.” —Eugene Ionesco
Would we keep our chin up when the little yellow sun is a big red giant?
“Even your chin is made up of exploded stars.” -John C. Mather
Would we wonder what makes us wonderful?
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” —Socrates
Would we laugh at the funny face in our mirror?
“The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.” —Henri Bergson
Would we let our mask slip?
“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.” —Marie Lu
Would we lose our head for love?
“There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton
If we spoke with one tongue, would we have a strange word for smile?
“Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.” —Virginia Woolf
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