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

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

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

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

Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.
Martin Heidegger

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

A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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

The eyes have one language everywhere.
George Herbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Two peoples separated by a common language' - About the Americans and English
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Simone Weil

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

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

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

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

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 the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

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



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