Penelope Margaret Lively On Being Human

4A37C79F-F6B1-4B58-858C-19A71B7D7BA9Penelope Margaret Lively (March 17, 1933 -)

We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse: we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard.