Pascal On Language

“Language, like music, demands the union of a refined ear, a pure taste, and much mental effort, to form its richest combinations and bring out its highest powers. Ill-chosen words and disjointed periods may convey the desired meaning to an uncultivated reader — as notes may be strung together to amuse an unpracticed ear. But the one is not to be dignified with the name of composition, or the other of harmony, when brought to the standard of judgment and taste” (Blaise Pascal).