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Consider orangutans.

In all the worlds graced by their presence, it is suspected that they can talk but choose not to do so in case humans put them to work, possibly in the television industry. In fact they can talk. It’s just that they talk in Orangutan. Humans are only capable of listening in Bewilderment.

–Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms (1993)

Bookquotes: Quotes from Books (13)

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‘Grown-ups love figures. When you talk to them about a new friend, they never ask questions about essential matters. They never say to you: “What does his voice sound like?” “What games does he prefer?” “Does he collect butterflies?”. They ask you: “How old is he?” “How many brothers does he have?” “How much does he weigh?” “How much money does his father earn?” It is only then that they feel they know him.’

–Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince (1943) (trans, Irene Testot-Ferry)