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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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 mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Simone Weil

Even if people are suspicious of the motives I think that learning and speaking two languages can only be a good thing for people.
Stephen Harper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snogging is the universal language of the world
Mark Feehily

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

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
Joseph Roux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two nations divided by a common language.
Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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