Language Quotes

Accent is the soul of language it gives to it both feeling and truth.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
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.

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
Me, we. Supposedly the shortest quote in the English language delivered at a Harvard graduation.
Muhammad Ali
Alford - elegance of language may not be in the power of...
Mark twain - i have a prejudice against people who print...

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human... Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.
John Comenius
Oscar wilde, the canterville ghost, 1882 - we have really everything in common with america...
The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
J. Michael Straczynski
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
A different language is a different vision of life.
Federico Fellini
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
They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
William Shakespeare
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 a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
Mark Twain
To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.
George Santayana
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
James Earl Jones
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 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
The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.
Eugene Debs
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
I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.
Mario M Cuomo
England and America are two countries seperated by the same language.
George Bernard Shaw
The two most beautiful words in the English language are ``check enclosed.'
Dorothy Parke
We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language.... We have affection We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a common goal of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music.
Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
As was his language so was his life.
Seneca
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
George Orwell
Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
Unknown
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
No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
Sam Rayburn
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
Perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most astonishing.
Gyles Lytton Sitrachy
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
Do Not Disturb signs should be written in the language of the hotel maids.
Tim Bedore
The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.
Lewis Thomas
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
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
The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.
Larry Wall
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
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