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

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

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

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

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

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.
Gore Vidal

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

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two nations divided by a common language.
Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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

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

The eyes have one language everywhere.
George Herbert

Snogging is the universal language of the world
Mark Feehily

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

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

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

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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