Language Quotes

In human relations a little language goes farther than a little of almost anything else. Whereas one language now often makes a wall, two can make a gate.
Walter V. Kaulfers, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
Jeremy Taylo

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Federico fellini - a different language is a different vision of...
I have a prejudice against people who print things in a foreign language and add no translation. When I am the reader, and the other considers me able to do the translating myself, he pays me the quite a nice compliment - - But if he would do the translating for me I would try to get along without the compliment. A Tramp Abroad, 1880.
Mark Twain
In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.
Mark Twain

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
Joseph Roux
Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.
Rita Mae Brown, Starting From Scratch, 1988
Lewis thomas - the great thing about human language is that it...
Perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most astonishing.
Gyles Lytton Sitrachy
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela
Language study is a route to maturity. Indeed, in language study as in life, if a person is the same today as he was yesterday, it would be an act of mercy to pronounce him dead and to place him in a coffin, rather than in a classroom.
John A. Rassias
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain
For the unquiet heart and brain, A use in measured language lies.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Language exists only on the surface of our consciousness. The great human struggles are played out in silence and in the ability to express oneself.
Franz Xavier Kroetz
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language.
Johnson
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham
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
When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly... I think - - Any fool can make a rule And every fool will mind it.
Henry David Thoreau
No man fully capable of his own language ever masters another.
George Bernard Shaw
The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence about language.
Henry David Thoreau
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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
England and America are two countries seperated by the same language.
George Bernard Shaw
Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.
Martha Graham
Experience becomes possible because of language.
Noam Chomsky, Ruth Anshen, Biography of an Idea (Mt. Kisco, NY: Moyer Bell Limited, 1986), pg. 196
Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.
Christopher Fry
They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
William Shakespeare
We are tied down to a language that makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
Tom Stoppard, Rosencranz And Guildenstern Are Dead
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost, 1882
Me, we. Supposedly the shortest quote in the English language delivered at a Harvard graduation.
Muhammad Ali
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.
Robert E. Lee
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
William Butler Yeats
Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
John Erskine
One of the most difficult tasks confronting philosophers is to descend from the world of thought to the actual world. Language is the immediate actuality of thought. Just as philosophers have given thought an independent existence, so they were bound to make language into an independent realm.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, German Ideology, Chapter 3
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
George Orwell
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
Mark Twain
What is important - what lasts - In another language is not what is said but what is written. For the essence of an age, we look to its poetry and its prose, not its talk shows.
Peter Brodie
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau