Language Quotes

Accent is the soul of language it gives to it both feeling and truth.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Language is the picture and counterpart of thought.
Mark Hopkins, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

Horace bushnell - if you had the seeds of pestilence in your body...
Martha graham - dance is the hidden language of the soul....
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
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

I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.
Samuel Johnson
The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.
Eugene Debs
Mark twain - kindness is the language which the deaf can hear...
Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagne
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
The two most beautiful words in the English language are ``check enclosed.'
Dorothy Parke
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
Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson
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
They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
William Shakespeare
High thoughts must have high language.
Aristophanes, Frogs, 405 B. C.
A different language is a different vision of life.
Federico Fellini
I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin
England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
George Bernard Shaw
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost, 1882
Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists though their field - work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science.
Robert Graves
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
Larry Wall
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico - Philosophicus (1922)
To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.
George Santayana
We are tied down to a language that makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
Tom Stoppard, Rosencranz And Guildenstern Are Dead
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
Mark Twain
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
Political language - And with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - Is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell, 1946
Music is the soul of language.
Max Heindel
Would I had phrases that are not known, utterances that are strange, in new language that has not been used, free from repetition, not an utterance which has grown stale, which men of old have spoken.
Egyptian Inscription Recorded at the Time of the Invention of Writing
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
BASIC - A programming language. Related to certain social diseases in that those who have it will not admit it in polite company.
Anon.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau
Words are the leaves of the tree of language, of which, if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.
Field Marshall John French
Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
Carl Sandburg, New York Times Feb. 13, 1959
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
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
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
Jeremy Taylo