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

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Language is the archives of history. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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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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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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.

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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 a virus from outer space. William S. Burroughs

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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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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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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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Language is the pedigree of nations. Samuel Johnson

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

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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

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

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There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything! Maria Montessori

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It was Greek to me. William Shakespeare

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

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As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise. George Will

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

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

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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

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

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We might hypothetically possess ourselves of every technological resource on the North American continent, but as long as our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be revolutionary but not transformative. Adrienne Rich

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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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Poetry is all nouns and verbs. Marianne Moore

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

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Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. Lily Tomlin

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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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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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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 eyes have one language everywhere. George Herbert

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The significance of language for the evolution of culture lies in this, that mankind set up in language a separate world beside the other world, a place it took to be so firmly set that, standing upon it, it could lift the rest of the world off its hinges and make itself master of it. To the extent that man has for long ages believed in the concepts and names of things as in aeternae veritates he has appropriated to himself that pride by which he raised himself above the animal: he really thought that in language he possessed knowledge of the world. Friedrich Nietzsche

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“A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight.” Aberjhani