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The language and concepts contained herein are guaranteed not to cause eternal torment in the place where the guy with the horns and pointed stick conducts his business
Frank Zappa

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Tillich

I wonder what language truck drivers are using,
now that everyone is using theirs?
Beryl Pfizer

But here's old Ken - he's been crass, he's been insensitive and thuggish and brutal in his language - but I don't think actually if you read what he said, although it was extraordinary and rude, I don't think he was actually anti-Semitic.
Boris Johnson

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

Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.
Martin Heidegger

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

Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms
Penelope Lively

A vain, idle and sinful game at which there was much of the language of the accursed going on [on tennis]
James Hogg

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

Saddam Hussein also challenged President Bush to a debate. The Butcher of Baghdad vs. the Butcher of the English language.
Jay Leno

Two million dollars gate at one fight! That's some cabbage in any man's language.
Wilfrid Diamond

The lapse of ages changes all things - time, language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of the sky, and every thing 'about, around, and underneath' man, except man himself.
Lord Byron

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
George Carlin

At the end of the day, flirting is a pretty universal language. Americans are more direct. British people are more indirect about everything
Rachel Weisz

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
Carl Sandburg

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
J Michael Straczynski

[on understanding] The definition is this: to understand something is to know what it means, to know what its significance is. To understand a sentence is to know what it means, to understand a language is to know what its words and sentences mean, to understand a phenomenon more generally is to know its significance.
Tim Crane

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Martin Buber

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Simone Weil

Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written this language with a paintbrush that talks.
Jimmy Breslin

Nothing knits man to man, the Manchester School wisely taught, like the frequent passage from hand to hand of cash (The Language of Art)
Walter Sickert

Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth
Anna Brownell Jameson

A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
William Hazlitt

French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
Stephen King

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

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language
Samuel Johnson

Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
Ezra Pound

I have to admit that I don't even try to speak Russian, though I understand it perfectly. I wouldn't want to insult the language by testing out my pronunciations
Lana Wood

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
Larry Wall

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ninety-five per cent of my language problems are the fault of that stupid little midget (on Dennis Wise)
Gianfranco Zola

Bad language is the only thing we have in common with the Osbournes.
Francis Fulford

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
Gore Vidal

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
Aubrey Beardsley

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
George Orwell

The problems of language here are really serious. We wish to speak in some way about the structure of the atoms. But we cannot speak about atoms in ordinary language
Werner Heisenberg

A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
Joseph Brodsky

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

The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words
Hippocrates

In language, the ignorant have prescribed laws to the learned. (Maxims, 1830)
Richard Duppa

Two nations divided by a common language.
Winston Churchill

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
George Orwell

'Two peoples separated by a common language' - About the Americans and English
George Bernard Shaw

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
John Donne

Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.
J G Ballard

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
T S Eliot

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

The eyes have one language everywhere.
George Herbert



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