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“In the end, words, volumes of words, all signed, were the eloquent metaphor of my life. It was the language born of hands that was my beginning.”
“Summertime is the time of sharpest memory.”
“School was absurd, a collection of memorized facts, a denial of questions.”
“... silence inappropriately sought had human disconnection as its end, but lovingly sought it could bring comfort and peace.”
“Speech was present. Everywhere. Stones could speak. Rivers spoke. Sand had words. The ocean lapped the shore and told its secrets. Speech was in everything.”
“I do prefer 'stone deaf'; stones may be mute, but they are warm in the sun, they feel soothing in the palm. It is a piece of the earth, attached to God. I do not know what the pedants mean when they write 'profoundly deaf' to describe the person who has never heard a sound. Deaf is deaf and silence is forever.”
Ruth Sidransky, U.S. writer