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

On Sylvester Stallone: 'You have this preconceived notion of him as a big, tough guy, but he speaks four languages and he likes to watercolor.'
Rachael Leigh Cook

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

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

To have another language is to possess a second soul.
Charlemagne

I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it.
Coco Chanel

Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Henry James

Language... 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

He attempts to use language which he does not know
Persius

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

On contract clauses: 'There's all this language where you can't jump out of a plane or ride motorcycles. You have to go home and just sit there.'
Ben Affleck

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

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Simone Weil

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

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

Semantics, or the study of meaning, remained undeveloped, while phonetics made rapid progress and even came to occupy the central place in the scientific study of language.
Roman Jakobson

Language is a wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts, but more often, to replace thinking.
Kelly Fordyce

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

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

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

Snogging is the universal language of the world
Mark Feehily

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

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

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

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

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

One who in a crisis forgets nautical language and shouts: 'For God's sake turn left!' [on coarse sailing]
Michael Green

Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
Aphra Behn

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
Judith Martin

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

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

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

Our thirty year old belief that there is only one kind of computer is the basis for our belief that there is only one kind of programming language.
John Backus

If the word 'No' was removed from the English language, Ian Paisley would be speechless.
John Hume

I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I do not understand.
Sir Edward Appleton

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

If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
Jean Baudrillard

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

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.
Edward Appleton

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

It is not enough for language to have clarity and content: it must also have a goal and an imperative.
Rene Daumal

Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.
Dale Carnegie

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

FEAR is an acronym in the English language for 'False Evidence Appearing Real'
Neale Walsch

Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in moulding life than nationalism or a common language.
Hilaire Belloc

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
Humphrey Davy

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



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