Quotation by James Kenneth Stephens

Speech and prose are not the same thing. They have different wave-lengths, for speech moves at the speed of light, where prose moves at the speed of the alphabet, and must be consecutive and grammatical and word-perfect. Prose cannot gesticulate. Speech can sometimes do nothing more.
James Kenneth Stephens (1882–1950), Irish poet, author. Originally published in James, Seumas, and Jacques (1964). "Finnegans Wake," Oxford Book of Essays, Oxford University Press (1991).
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