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"In ordinary conversation," she was saying, "I can talk about my father without feeling more than... a slight pang of loss. But if I allow myself to really remember him - his sense of humour, say, or that... passionate fairness - then the facade crumbles, and I want to weep because he's gone."
"No question; language can free us of feeling, or almost," der Heer replied, stroking her shoulder. "Maybe that's one of its functions - so we can understand the world without becoming entirely overwhelmed by it."

Carl Sagan (Contact)

We linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they are half forgotten ere we have learned the language.

Henry David Thoreau (A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers)