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

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

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

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

Snogging is the universal language of the world
Mark Feehily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Simone Weil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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