Wendell Berry On the Sentence as a Way of Thinking

When we reflect that "sentence" means, literally, "a way of thinking" (Latin: sententia) and that it comes from the Latin sentire, to feel, we realize that the concepts of sentence and sentence structure are not merely grammatical or merely academic - not negligible in any sense. A sentence is both the opportunity and the limit of thought - what we have to think with, and what we have to think in. It is, moreover, a feelable thought, a thought that impresses its sense not just on our understanding, but on our hearing, our sense of rhythym and proportion. It is a pattern of felt sense. - Wendell Berry, Standing by Words