Language Quotes

The human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hope with our music to move the stars.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Whoever said Marriage is a 5 - 5 proposition laid the foundation for more divorce fees than any other short sentence in our language.
Austin Elliot

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The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence about language.
Henry David Thoreau
No man fully capable of his own language ever masters another.
George Bernard Shaw

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
Benjamin Franklin
Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground.
Noah Webste
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Life is a foreign language all men mispronounce it.
Christopher Morley
Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.
General Robert E. Lee
High thoughts must have high language.
Aristophanes, Frogs, 405 B. C.
Anthropology provides a scientific basis for dealing with the crucial dilemma of the world today how can peoples of different appearance, mutually unintelligible languages, and dissimilar ways of life get along peaceably togethe.
Clyde Kluckhohn
Metric is definitely communist. One monetary system, one language, one weight and measurement system, one world - All communist! We know the West was won by the inch, foot, yard, and mile.
Dean Krakel, Director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame
By listening to his language of his locality the poet begins to learn his craft. It is his function to lift, by use of imagination and the language he hears, the material conditions and appearances of his environment to the sphere of the intelligence where they will have new currency.
William Carlos Williams
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. : -
Larry Wall in
Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
Samuel Johnson
Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the tone of voice. Grammar protects us against misunderstanding the sound of an uttered name; logic protects us against what we say have double meaning.
Rosenstock - Huessy
Accent is the soul of language it gives to it both feeling and truth.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.
Larry Wall
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost, 1882
The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.
Eugene Debs
We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or explore. All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.
Ellen Gilcrist
Perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most astonishing.
Gyles Lytton Sitrachy
Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling; The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.
George Du Maurie
The two most beautiful words in the English language are ``check enclosed.'
Dorothy Parke
Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
I am is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that I do is the longest sentence?
George Carlin
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Johannes Tillich
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language, and forthwith it is something entirely different.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
Galileo Galilei
Language is a living, kicking, growing, flitting, evolving reality, and the teacher should spontaneously reflect its vibrant and protean qualities.
John A. Rassias
The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
J. Michael Straczynski
If you had the seeds of pestilence in your body you would not have a more active contagion that you have in your tempers, tastes, and principles. Simply to be in this world, whatever you are, is to exert an influence, compared with which mere language and persuasion are feeble.
Horace Bushnell
Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.
Charles Scribner, Jr.
Ours is a precarious language, as every writer knows, in which the merest shadow line often separates affirmation from negation, sense from nonsense, and one sex from the other.
James Grover Thurbe
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
A different language is a different vision of life.
Federico Fellini