„We understood one another better before ever I opened my mouth“

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Patrick O'Brian
1914 - 2000

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„Part of manhood, I am thinking, is to ponder one’s words before opening one’s mouth.“

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„Open your mind before your mouth“

—  Aristophanés Athenian playwright of Old Comedy -448 - -386 a.C.

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„But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid.“

—  G. K. Chesterton, livro Tremendous Trifles
Context: For my friend said that he opened his intellect as the sun opens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever. Tremendous Trifles (1909)

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„Just because no one has ever gotten better from Spasmodic Dysphonia before doesn't mean I can't be the first.“

—  Scott Adams cartoonist, writer 1957
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„In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in the case of poetry, it's the exact opposite!“

—  Paul Dirac theoretical physicist 1902 - 1984
As quoted in Brighter Than a Thousand Suns : A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists (1958) by Robert Jungk, as translated by James Cleugh, p. 22 Anecdotally, when Oppenheimer was working at Göttingen, Dirac supposedly came to him one day and said: "Oppenheimer, they tell me you are writing poetry. I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition. In science you want to say something that nobody knew before, in words which everyone can understand. In poetry you are bound to say... something that everybody knows already in words that nobody can understand."

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