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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

To invoke a Kierkegaardesque figure of speech, the beauty of the language of the Bible can be like a set of dentist's instruments nearly laid out on a table and hanging on a wall, intriguing in their technological complexity and with their stainless steel highly polished--until they set to work on the job for which they were originally designed. Then all of a sudden my reaction changes from 'How shiny and beautiful they all are!' to 'Get that damned thing out of my mouth!'
Jaroslav Pelikan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snogging is the universal language of the world
Mark Feehily

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

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

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
Marshall McLuhan

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

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

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



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