And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.
I consider it a good rule for letter-writing to leave unmentioned what the recipient already knows, and instead tell him something new.
Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately.
In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people's lives.
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What's interesting, is the sort of "war" that seems to exist between long and short letters writers. I don't really like that. We don't have to fight. We all just have different ideas, tastes, requests. Penpalling is great because there isn't just a way to see it, but many. The thing is, the amount of people who can write a long letter is becoming smaller and smaller. Why?
Maybe our life pushes us to write less? We use cellphones, Facebook (well, I don't), Twitter, and everything around us is fast, we have to be fast too and use language in this rush. Not anymore to express our feelings, to open our minds... but just to update our status, to say where we are right now, to a world that doesn't really care.
Why, all around the world, young people seem to forget how to write in their mothertongue? Do we really need to be always so quick? What is the purpose of language, of writing, of penpalling?
Oh, no, I'm not against modernity... I love it. But I think that being smart means... to be able to keep the good from the past, and to use the better from the present. Don't you think?
Why, nowadays, everytime I say I keep a journal, they look at me like I was an alien? Is that so crazy? To indulge a bit, day by day, wondering about what I've done, what I lived... Yes, for sure we don't have a lot of free time now, and we have Internet, TV, and stuff. But I love Internet and still... I keep a journal.
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