Languages and Individuals

Matter is the principle of individuation, but in material things beneath human beings this material individuation is just multiplication or sheer division of a uniform mass. One ball bearing is not another, but they are little more than cuts in one block of steel. But human material is proportioned to intellect and so different human persons are less like different ball bearings and more like different languages. Each person that arises is less replaceable than Greek or Latin.

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