Jacques quoted that to me early and often, in the original German: “Die Sprache ist dem Menschen gegeben, um seine Gedanken zu verbergen.” He thought it was Einstein too, but I just found it in a German source attributed to “the French diplomat Talleyrand (1754-1838).”
When Harel wished to put a joke or witticism into circulation, he was in the habit of connecting it with some celebrated name, on the chance of reclaiming it if it took. Thus he assigned to Talleyrand, in the “Nain Jaune,” the phrase, “Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.”
Fournier—L’Esprit dans l’Histoire.
Whatever the source, it is a comment that makes you pause and think. People looking for signs of dishonesty are taught, among other things, to notice inconsistencies between body language and the spoken word.
World Youth Day pilgrims were mocked, harassed, spit on and attacked in Madrid during the festivities this year. The leftists got really steamed when the children started praying a Rosary.
Fr. Z’s Blog reported on the abuse, via Free Republic.
Well, it seems i can only copy/paste links once– this comes from Gateway Pundit. The 1st from Instapundit.
Feel the love? It’s strange, too, because i see a similarity in the two links, but can’t put my finger on it. Maybe stoicism? Or, acceptance in the face of opposition?