There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them. Besides, to distrust words, and indict them for the horrors that might slumber unobtrusively within them --isn't this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual?
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Source Notes: acceptance address, Nobel Peace Prize (Stockholm), 1989
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