„Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.“

Letzte Aktualisierung 8. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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spätmittelalterlicher Theologe und Philosoph 1260 - 1328

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Octavio Paz Foto

„It may be that, like things which speak to themselves in their language of things, language does not speak of things or of the world: it may speak only of itself and to itself.“

—  Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature 1914 - 1998

Quelle: The Monkey Grammarian (1974), Ch. 4
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Kontext: Fixity is always momentary. But how can it always be so? If it were, it would not be momentary — or would not be fixity. What did I mean by that phrase? I probably had in mind the opposition between motion and motionlessness, an opposition that the adverb always designates as continual and universal: it embraces all of time and applies to every circumstance. My phrase tends to dissolve this opposition and hence represents a sly violation of the principle of identity. I say “sly” because I chose the word momentary as an adjectival qualifier of fixity in order to tone down the violence of the contrast between movement and motionlessness. A little rhetorical trick intended to give an air of plausibility to my violation of the rules of logic. The relations between rhetoric and ethics are disturbing: the ease with which language can be twisted is worrisome, and the fact that our minds accept these perverse games so docilely is no less cause for concern. We ought to subject language to a diet of bread and water if we wish to keep it from being corrupted and from corrupting us. (The trouble is that a-diet-of-bread-and-water is a figurative expression, as is the-corruption-of-language-and-its-contagions.) It is necessary to unweave (another metaphor) even the simplest phrases in order to determine what it is that they contain (more figurative expressions) and what they are made of and how (what is language made of? and most important of all, is it already made, or is it something that is perpetually in the making?). Unweave the verbal fabric: reality will appear. (Two metaphors.) Can reality be the reverse of the fabric, the reverse of metaphor — that which is on the other side of language? (Language has no reverse, no opposite faces, no right or wrong side.) Perhaps reality too is a metaphor (of what and/or of whom?). Perhaps things are not things but words: metaphors, words for other things. With whom and of what do word-things speak? (This page is a sack of word-things.) It may be that, like things which speak to themselves in their language of things, language does not speak of things or of the world: it may speak only of itself and to itself.

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Arthur Symons Foto

„The mystic too full of God to speak intelligibly to the world.“

—  Arthur Symons, buch The Symbolist Movement in Literature

Arthur Rimbaud.
The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1899)

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Marlene Dietrich Foto

„The Germans and I no longer speak the same language.“

—  Marlene Dietrich German-American actress and singer 1901 - 1992

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Snježana Kordić Foto

„Cases where several nations speak the same language are treated in linguistics as pluricentric languages.“

—  Snježana Kordić Croatian linguist 1964

Fälle, in denen mehrere Nationen eine Sprache sprechen, werden in der Sprachwissenschaft als plurizentrische Sprachen behandelt.
[Kordić, Snježana, w:Snježana Kordić, Snježana Kordić, Moderne Nationalbezeichnungen und Texte aus vergangenen Jahrhunderten, Zeitschrift für Balkanologie, 46, 1, 41, 2010, http://www.zeitschrift-fuer-balkanologie.de/index.php/zfb/article/view/222/222, 0044-2356] (in German)

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„For the true mystic the principle continues to hold: the creature must be silent so that God may speak.“

—  Max Weber German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist 1864 - 1920

Max Weber, , 1916.
Kontext: Mysticism intends a state of "possession," not action, and the individual is not a tool but a "vessel" of the divine. Action in the world must thus appear as endangering the absolutely irrational and other-worldly religious state. Active asceticism operates within the world; rationally active asceticism, in mastering the world, seeks to tame what is creatural and wicked through work in a worldly "vocation" (inner-worldly asceticism). Such asceticism contrasts radically with mysticism, if the latter draws the full conclusion of fleeing from the world (contemplative flight from the world). The contrast is tempered, however, if active asceticism confines itself to keeping down and to overcoming creatural wickedness in the actor's own nature. For then it enhances the concentration on the firmly established God-willed and active redemptory accomplishments to the point of avoiding any action in the orders of the world (asceticist flight from the world). Thereby active asceticism in external bearing comes close to contemplative flight from the world. The contrast between asceticism and mysticism is also tempered if the contemplative mystic does not draw the conclusion that he should flee from the world, but, like the inner-worldly asceticist, remain in the orders of the world (inner-worldly mysticism).
In both cases the contrast can actually disappear in practice and some combination of both forms of the quest for salvation may occur. But the contrast may continue to exist even under the veil of external similarity. For the true mystic the principle continues to hold: the creature must be silent so that God may speak.

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„To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.“

—  Frantz Fanon, buch Black Skin, White Masks

Quelle: Black Skin, White Masks (1952), pp. 38

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Heinrich Heine Foto

„Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856

Ben Jonson
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Ben Jonson Foto

„Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks…“

—  Ben Jonson English writer 1572 - 1637

The Works of Ben Jonson, Second Folio (1640), Timber: or Discoveries

„Because they knew each other's thoughts, they even quarrelled without speaking.“

—  Bruce Chatwin English novelist 1940 - 1989

Quelle: On The Black Hill

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George Plimpton Foto

„A deep, deep sadness. You know there's a theologian named Michael Novack who's quoted as saying that 'a community is better off losing its opera house, or its museum, or its CHURCH' — here's a theologian speaking — 'than its ball team'. Brooklyn has never been the same since the Dodgers were taken away.“

—  George Plimpton journalist, writer, editor, actor 1927 - 2003

In Ken Burns' 1994 documentary Baseball discussing his reaction to and opinion of the relocation of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles for the 1958 MLB season.

Eduardo Verástegui Foto

„I believe that even without speaking the same language, we can create unity: we understand each other because we pray. It’s a form of reconciliation of the world across the borders, cultures and languages of different nations. We’re a family and we complement each other.“

—  Eduardo Verástegui Mexican actor 1974

Actor Eduardo Verástegui on John Paul II and being pro-life https://aleteia.org/2020/06/06/actor-eduardo-verastegui-on-john-paul-ii-and-being-pro-life/ (June 6, 2020)

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Wendell Berry Foto

„It is impossible to prefigure the salvation of the world in the same language by which the world has been dismembered and defaced.“

—  Wendell Berry author 1934

Quelle: Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition

„…our quarrels with the world are like our quarrels with God: no matter how right we are, we are wrong.“

—  Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965

“The Taste of the Age”, p. 40
A Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Essays & Fables (1962)

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