Oscar Wilde quote about language from Intentions - language . . . is the parent, and not the child, of thought.
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language . . . is the parent, and not the child, of thought.
 Oscar Wilde, Intentions (1891). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source Intentions
Topic language thought
Date 1891
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/887/887-h/887-h.htm

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“In the sphere of actual life that is of course obvious. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other—by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought. Action, indeed, is always easy, and when presented to us in its most aggravated, because most continuous form, which I take to be that of real industry, becomes simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatsoever to do.” source

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