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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He attempts to use language which he does not know
Persius

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

Snogging is the universal language of the world
Mark Feehily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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