- It is best to use language only when it is useful to do so. To talk a lot unnecessarily is like allowing thousands of weeds to grow in a garden.
- Incessant thoughts and feelings can drain a lot of your energy.
- Poetry is the opposite of propaganda - it uses words not to narrow our minds but to enlarge them. It makes us more alert to language. In its traditional forms, it gives us the subliminal satisfaction of rhythm (and often rhyme). Consider the sonnet, for example: a traditional 14-line form that for centuries poets have used to present infinite riches in a little room. Read the sonnets of Shakespeare, the master of the genre, and decide which is your favorite. Send one as an impromptu e-mail gift to a friend or loved one.