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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 eyes have one language everywhere.
George Herbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He attempts to use language which he does not know
Persius

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

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

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

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

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

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

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
George Carlin

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

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

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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