Words we cannot speak

Thomas said to him, “Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like.” (from The Gospel of Thomas, translated by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer)

Sometimes we are surrounded by words we cannot speak. Like when we watch dawn cresting or a heart breaking. The words float nearby, though. (Dr SunWolf)

Only in the silence can we ever know truth. But, in the words of Ludwig Wittgenstein, “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”

The Gospel of Thomas [v13], translated by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer, as presented on The Gnostic Society Library.


4 thoughts on “Words we cannot speak

  1. Even if I enjoy silent meaningful communication, I question some oppressive silence where the words are missing.Sometimes the absence of words is only the inability to speak up courageously with the own tongue not “sorted out”, spontaneous “imperfect”authentically.

  2. Thanks for your contribution — which I read as touching on the topic of “freedom of speech”. The silence that results from a lack of courage (ie, not daring to speak one’s mind) is fundamentally different from that which is characterised in the words “utterly unable to say …”

  3. I observe often that people like the caterpillar who started to count his feet, are trying to be precise and try to sort out in their heads the “perfect words fitting”, instead of jumping into the pool and allow them self spontaneous, maybe surreal appearing ,but in real quiet real direct expressions. Paradox,”imperfect” beauty’s neglected!

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