“This gift of words is something which soothes the mind.”

August 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm (By Amba)

Inscribed on a Sumerian clay tablet, circa 2500 BC.


  1. kngfish said,

    That Sumerians 50″ Plasma TV must be in the shop….he’s in denial.

  2. Icepick said,

    Here’s my favorite.

    All the households of the poor are not equally submissive.

    But then I’m in a rebellious state of mind.

  3. Icepick said,

    To be sick is acceptable; to be pregnant is painful; but to be pregnant and sick is just too much.

    Now as then!

  4. amba12 said,

    I know, in some ways it seems like they’re right next door!

  5. Icepick said,

    For his pleasure he got married. On his thinking it over he got divorced.

    Well, humans haven’t changed that much in 3,000 years. Cynics then and cynics now.

    Or was this part of a stand-up routine at the local ziggurat?

  6. Icepick said,

    Part of the magic of the written word is that it plugs you right into someone else’s mind – thus we find our kindred spirits. Powerful magic….

  7. wj said,

    “The more things change, the more they remain the same”

  8. Rod said,

    I have been searching for a quote, which I once saw attributed to Einstein: “God gave men language to they could conceal their thoughts.”

  9. amba12 said,

    Jacques quoted that to me early and often, in the original German: “Die Sprache ist dem Menschen gegeben, um seine Gedanken zu verbergen.” He thought it was Einstein too, but I just found it in a German source attributed to “the French diplomat Talleyrand (1754-1838).”

  10. amba12 said,

    I just found it in another German source attributed to Dante!!

  11. amba12 said,

    The plot thickens:

    When Harel wished to put a joke or witticism into circulation, he was in the habit of connecting it with some celebrated name, on the chance of reclaiming it if it took. Thus he assigned to Talleyrand, in the “Nain Jaune,” the phrase, “Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.”
    Fournier—L’Esprit dans l’Histoire.

  12. Rod said,

    Whatever the source, it is a comment that makes you pause and think. People looking for signs of dishonesty are taught, among other things, to notice inconsistencies between body language and the spoken word.

  13. karen said,

  14. karen said,

    wow. That’s pretty much a linky thing, isn’t it??

  15. karen said,

    World Youth Day pilgrims were mocked, harassed, spit on and attacked in Madrid during the festivities this year. The leftists got really steamed when the children started praying a Rosary.
    Fr. Z’s Blog reported on the abuse, via Free Republic.

    Well, it seems i can only copy/paste links once– this comes from Gateway Pundit. The 1st from Instapundit.

    Feel the love? It’s strange, too, because i see a similarity in the two links, but can’t put my finger on it. Maybe stoicism? Or, acceptance in the face of opposition?

  16. karen said,

  17. Dave Schuler said,

    I didn’t realize that Hallmark Cards had been around that long.

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