For The Love Of Wisdom – Penelope Margaret Lively – Being Human

Penelope Margaret Lively (March 17, 1933 -)

We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse: we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard.