Quotable Friday: from Sister Carrie

“People in general attach too much importance to words. They are under the illusion that talking effects great results. As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument. They but dimly represent the great surging feelings and desires which lie behind. When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens.”

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

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4 thoughts on “Quotable Friday: from Sister Carrie

  1. I like the quote but I’m afraid I disagree. Although there is room in life for small talking, there are certain words that can mean the world to us: “I love you”, “I do” etc. And don’t we love those words? 🙂

    • That’s a good point. But does the phrase “I love you” really capture the “great surging feelings” we’re trying to express when we say it? Of course hearing someone tell you he loves you is wonderful, but does it convey love as much as the way he looks at you and softly kisses your forehead?

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