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Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. William Butler Yeats

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We invent the world through language. The world occurs through language. Mal Pancoast

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I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations. Samuel Johnson

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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. Noam Chomsky

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Language is the archives of history. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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! Mark Twain

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A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language. Gaston Bachelard

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Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland --and no other. Emil Cioran

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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. Victor Hugo

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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.

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Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide --that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life --are alike forbidden.

The Best Winston Churchill Quotes

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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 E. B. White

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Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing. Robert Benchley

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Language is the pedigree of nations. Samuel Johnson

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Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden. Karl Kraus

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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. Salman Rushdie

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We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary. Booker T. Washington

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An art whose medium is language will always show a high degree of critical creativeness, for speech is itself a critique of life: it names, it characterizes, it passes judgment, in that it creates. Thomas Mann

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Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law. Because, in other words, the powerful don't play; they mean to keep that power, and those who are the powerless (you and me) better shape up --mimic/ape/suck --in the very image of the powerful, or the powerful will destroy you --you and our children. June Jordan

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The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. George Orwell

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Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all. Walt Whitman

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Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee. Ben Jonson

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There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth. Elias Canetti

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The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang. Anthony Burgess

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If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. Ludwig Wittgenstein

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We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. Oscar Wilde

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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. Jean Baudrillard

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To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up. George Orwell

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The word of man is the most durable of all material. Arthur Schopenhauer

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All official institutions of language are repeating machines: school, sports, advertising, popular songs, news, all continually repeat the same structure, the same meaning, often the same words: the stereotype is a political fact, the major figure of ideology. Roland Barthes

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It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs. Thomas Hardy

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No literature is complete until the language it was written in is dead. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence. Jean Baudrillard

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Curiously enough, it seems to be only in describing a mode of language which does not mean what it says that one can actually say what one means. Paul de Man

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We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character. Henry David Thoreau

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Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why. James Joyce

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Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it. Ludwig Wittgenstein

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There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers, that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us. Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it? Barbara Ehrenreich

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The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express. Alexis de Tocqueville

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Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? Clarence Darrow

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The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense. Benjamin Franklin

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Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing. Claude Lévi-Strauss

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My God! The English language is a form of communication! Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at! Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill! Words aren't only bombs and bullets -- no, they're little gifts, containing meanings! Philip Roth

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Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence. George Steiner

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"An author accepting language’s invitation to dance steps onto the floor of his her sensibility-charged consciousness and begins to move instinctively––even if with much dread––in ways that synchronize images, ideas, emotions, sounds, smells, ignorance, and knowledge." Aberjhani

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As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests Gore Vidal

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Methinks the human method of expression by sound of tongue is very elementary, and ought to be substituted for some ingenious invention which should be able to give vent to at least six coherent sentences at once. Virginia Woolf