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Words Are Like Leaves
Transcript of Words Are Like Leaves
From his famous "Essay on Criticism"
Written in 1711 when he was 23 years old
This quote means that when words are abundant, there usually isn't much sense in them.
People talk a lot, but
most of what we say
Sometimes we use words like trees use leaves. We add meaningless words and phrases to make ourselves look better and smarter, but we are really just hiding our misunderstanding.
Beatty, Montag's firecheif, uses this quote in the book.
I think it is significant in the context of the book because people say a lot of things in it without really saying anything. They talk about the weather and movies and things but never express new ideas or get anywhere with their conversations.
People don't have very profound thoughts so therefore they never say anything with much meaning to it.
"Words are like leaves and where they most abound, much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found."
Translator, poet, wit, and satirist
Sometimes trees that are full of leaves appear to have lots of fruit because of their size but really are just all leaves and little fruit.