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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

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

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

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

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
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 vain, idle and sinful game at which there was much of the language of the accursed going on [on tennis]
James Hogg

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language
James Earl Jones

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

He attempts to use language which he does not know
Persius

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

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

Comedy is something that we can all share, no matter what language we speak or our background, it has the power to unite us all.
Paul Goodman

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

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

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

Two nations divided by a common language.
Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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

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

What language are you talking in now? It appears to be Bollocks.
Richard Wilson

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

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

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

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

I believe that there is a devil. Those who disagree with me in this may translate my language. All I ask is that they admit the vital truth on which I insist.
Anthony Comstock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Language has not the power to speak what love indites: The soul lies buried in the ink that writes
John Clare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If the whole of the english language could be condensed into one word, it would not suffice to express the utter contempt those invite who are so deluded as to be disciples of such an imposture as Darwinism.
Francis Morris

My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.
Al Pacino

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

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever, by using the many gifts of the English language to intrigue and hook a reader.
Dick Schaap



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