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- 1Ralph Waldo Emerson
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
- 2William Butler Yeats
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
- 3Ralph Waldo Emerson
Language is the archives of history.
- 4Noam Chomsky
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
- 5Mal Pancoast
We invent the world through language. The world occurs through language.
- 6Samuel Johnson
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.
- 7Gaston Bachelard
A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
- 8Emil Cioran
One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland --and no other.
- 9Mark Twain
There is no such thing as the Queen's English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!
- 10Karl Kraus
Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
- 11Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.
- 12Ludwig Wittgenstein
If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
- 13Salman Rushdie
If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.
- 14Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
- 15Samuel Johnson
Language is the pedigree of nations.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
- 17Anthony Burgess
The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang.
- 18Victor Hugo
To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost --that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization --is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.
- 19Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No literature is complete until the language it was written in is dead.
- 20Jean Baudrillard
If everything is perfect, language is useless. This is true for animals. If animals don't speak, it's because everything's perfect for them. If one day they start to speak, it will be because the world has lost a certain sort of perfection.
- 21Claude Lévi-Strauss
Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.
How many languages are there in the world? How about 5 billion! Each of us talks, listens, and thinks in his/her own special language that has been shaped by our culture, experiences, profession, personality, mores and attitudes. The chances of us meeting someone else who talks the exact same language is pretty remote.
- 23Ben Jonson
Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.
- 24E. B. White
The living language is like a cowpath: it is the creation of the cows themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change. A cow is under no obligation to stay
The language of truth is simple.