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He attempts to use language which he does not know
Persius

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
Sam Rayburn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I do swear a lot, but the advantage is that having played abroad, I can choose a different language from the referee's.
Jurgen Klinsmann

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language
Gail Godwin

On his own history with mathematics, and connection with John Nash: 'I had a bit of a hiccup in the third year of high school. The school I was at hired a non-English speaking Hungarian who was a professional of some great standing in Eastern Europe. But he hadn't learned the English language yet. He probably is a great asset to the teaching staff now, but we were his first class. That was when mathematics and I parted ways.

'There's a lot of mathematics in music. It's all in groups of eight, mate, y'know. The one thing that I may have in common with John is that the subject matter I do know, the driving part of my life, my work life, there's a point where structure and scaffolding is left behind and intuition takes over. That's the difference between John and the next 100 mathematicians. He's fully prepared to leave the scaffolding behind and get into the ether of the equation and find the answer quicker. The bane of his existence, however, is finding the proof.'
Russell Crowe

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

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

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

Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it (Thunder on the Left)
Christopher Morley

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.
Dorothy L Sayers

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

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
Ezra Pound

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

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
James Baldwin

Where nature's end of language is declined,
And men talk only to conceal the mind
Edward Young

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

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

A common language is the most obvious binding element in any society.
Michael Howard

I think foreign countries really do like it when American artists sing in their language. And when you go over there and say, 'Hi, how are you?' in their language, they love it. It makes them feel like you're doing it just for them. We in America take so much for granted.
Natalie Cole

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

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Simone Weil

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

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

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

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

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



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