Clarice Lispector: Speak Out

21 September 2019

I shall need the courage to do what I’m about to do: speak. And risk the enormous surprise I shall feel at the poverty of the spoken thing. As soon as it’s out of my mouth, I’ll have to add: that’s not it, that’s not it! But I cannot be afraid of being ridiculous, I always preferred less to more also out of fear of the ridiculous: because there’s also the shattering of modesty. I’m putting off having to speak to myself. Out of fear? And because I don’t have a word to say. I don’t have a word to say. So why don’t I shut up? But if I do not force out the word muteness will swallow me forever in waves.

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