A message is a discrete unit of communication intended by the source for consumption by some recipient or group of recipients. A message may be delivered by various means, including courier, telegraphy, carrier pigeon and electronic bus. A message can be the content of a broadcast. An interactive exchange of messages forms a conversation.
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- The messenger gave heed to the words of his king. He journeyed by the starry night, and by day he travelled with Utu of heaven. Where and to whom will he carry the important message of Inana with its stinging tone? ... He stepped joyfully into the courtyard of Aratta, he made known the authority of his king. Openly he spoke out the words in his heart. The messenger transmitted the message to the lord of Aratta.
- His speech was substantial, and its contents extensive. The messenger, whose mouth was heavy, was not able to repeat it. Because the messenger, whose mouth was tired, was not able to repeat it, the lord of Kulaba patted some clay and wrote the message as if on a tablet. Formerly, the writing of messages on clay was not established. Now, under that sun and on that day, it was indeed so. The lord of Kulaba inscribed the message like a tablet. It was just like that.
- My life is my message.
- Out of the world comes a behest to instill into the air a rapturous song for God, to incarnate in the stones a message of humble beauty.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (1997), The Holy Dimension, p. 330.
- Man is a messenger who forgot the message.
- A message is given to many, but those who are meant to understand, understand.
- Rwandan proverb, as quoted in "Killer Songs" (17 March 2002), by Donald G. McNeil, Jr., The New York Times