Human speech is like a cracked kettle

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

Gustave Flaubert

Madam Bovary-

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2 thoughts on “Human speech is like a cracked kettle

  1. This has always been my favourite quotation, but in a slightly different translation – ‘Human language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, when all the time we long to move the stars to pity.’ 🙂

  2. Oh wow, I really like that translation! Particularly the line ‘when all the time we long to move the stars to pity’. I think I prefer that now to the version I quoted!

    Thank you for commenting 🙂

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