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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He attempts to use language which he does not know
Persius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Thomas Hardy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

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

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

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



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