Here are some quotes whose words add up to so much more than the sum of their parts:
"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence." -George Elliot, Middlemarch
"Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it." Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
"Serve God, love me, and mend." William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
I think when language works as well as it does in these examples its meaning is too much for words, and so the words have to mean something more then themselves. I know its kind of abstract and convoluted, but does that make sense? It accesses something close to a Universal Truth that hits chord deep inside us, even when we can't comprehend the full meaning of the words in our heads.
How do you put something like this in words?
And here is one of the greatest scenes ever shown on television, all about the "unspoken." I mean, the words 'I love you' already carry such a complicated web of meaning, there is absolutely SO much that Niles is saying in just three words.
What do you think? Do you think writers can try to use words to say what words can't say, and how do we do it?