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The Best Quotes About Language 

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Updated June 14, 2019 958 votes 455 voters 29.8k views 88 items

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A list of the best language quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous language quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic language quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational language quotes from that same writer.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 mother of thought, not its handmaiden. Karl Kraus
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Language is the pedigree of nations. Samuel Johnson
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If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. Ludwig Wittgenstein
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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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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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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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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
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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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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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Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee. Ben Jonson
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The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang. Anthony Burgess
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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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No literature is complete until the language it was written in is dead. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing. Claude Lévi-Strauss