Language Quotes

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin
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

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau
Music is the soul of language.
Max Heindel
The two most beautiful words in the English language are ``check enclosed.'
Dorothy Parke

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
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Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham
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
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The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.
Larry Wall
Experience becomes possible because of language.
Noam Chomsky, Ruth Anshen, Biography of an Idea (Mt. Kisco, NY: Moyer Bell Limited, 1986), pg. 196
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.
Johann von Goethe
The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity so have some little frocks but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.
Dorothy L. Sayers
Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
Unknown
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. : -
Larry Wall in
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
Life is a foreign language all men mispronounce it.
Christopher Morley
Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagne
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico - Philosophicus (1922)
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
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
Mark Twain
Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.
Alford
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 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.
We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
Benjamin Lee Whorf
Me, we. Supposedly the shortest quote in the English language delivered at a Harvard graduation.
Muhammad Ali
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
He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen and hearten those Europeans upon whom the long dark night of tyranny had descended.
Edward R. Murrow, On Winston Churchill, 1954
The first and most important thing of all, at least for writers today, is to strip language clean, to lay it bare down to the bone.
Ernest Hemingway
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
The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
Eric Hoffe
Language is the picture and counterpart of thought.
Mark Hopkins, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
Jane Wagne
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
A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.
Max Weinreich
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations