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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

At the end of the day, flirting is a pretty universal language. Americans are more direct. British people are more indirect about everything
Rachel Weisz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The eyes have one language everywhere.
George Herbert

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

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

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

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

Snogging is the universal language of the world
Mark Feehily

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 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

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

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



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