[...] Each of these people, whom we meet along the road and across the world, is in a way twofold; each one consists of two beings whom it is often difficult to separate, a fact that we do not always realise. One of these beings is a person like the rest of us: he has his joys and sorrows, his good and bad days; he is glad of his success, does not like to be hungry and does not like t when he is cold; he feels pain as suffering and misery, and good fortune as satisfying and fullfilling. The other being, who overlaps and is interwoven with the first, is a person as bearer of racial features, and as bearer of culture, beliefs and convinctions. Neither of these beings appears in a pure, isolated state - they coexist, having a reciprocal effect on each other.

Ryszard Kapuscinski, "The Other" (Viennese Lectures, 2004)


[...] Although he devotes hours of each day to his new discipline, he finds its first premise, as enunciated in the Communications 101 handbook, preposterous: 'Human society has created language in order that we may communicate our thoughts, feelings and intentions to each other.' His own opinion, which he does not air, is that the origins of speech lie in song, and the origins of song in the need to fill out with sound the overlarge and rather empty human soul.

J.M. Coetzee (Disgrace, 1999)