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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
Aubrey Beardsley

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

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

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

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

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

The eyes have one language everywhere.
George Herbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two nations divided by a common language.
Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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



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