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Literature

by Fethullah Gülen on . Posted in Pearls of Wisdom

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Literature is the eloquent language of a nation’s spiritual make-up, world of ideas, and culture. Those who do not share this “language” cannot understand each other, even if they belong to the same nation.

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Words are one of the best means to convey ideas to others. Those who are able to use this means in the best way possible can quickly find many representatives of the thoughts they planted in others, and so attain immortality through their ideas. Those who cannot do so die without a trace, along with the mental pain they suffered while alive.

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With the material it uses and its particular way of expression, each type of literature is a unique language. Even if everyone understands something of this language, only poets and writers use and speak it with its real meaning.

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Just as dealers of gold and silver are experts of gold and silver, only dealers in words truly understand literary jewels. An animal will eat a flower on the ground and the inappreciative ones will step on it and go on their way. Only one who is truly human will smell a flower and place it in his or her lapel or hair.

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Noble thoughts and lofty subjects must be explained with a style to penetrate minds, excite hearts and receive acceptance from spirits. If not, people will only see the torn and miserable “clothing” over the meaning, and thus will not seek the inner jewels.

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Meaning is the essential element in literature. Thus, words should be kept to a minimum while being rich and propound in meaning. Some people tend to explain their thoughts with similes, metaphors, allusions, allusive metaphors, and puns. However, the most meaningful word is to be sought in exuberant, inspired spirits, profound imaginations that embrace all existence, and believing, analyzing and synthesizing minds able to attain the vision of this world and the Hereafter as two faces of one truth.