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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

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

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

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

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

The eyes have one language everywhere.
George Herbert

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

Two nations divided by a common language.
Winston Churchill

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

A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Simone Weil

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But here's old Ken - he's been crass, he's been insensitive and thuggish and brutal in his language - but I don't think actually if you read what he said, although it was extraordinary and rude, I don't think he was actually anti-Semitic.
Boris Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

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

Language has not the power to speak what love indites: The soul lies buried in the ink that writes
John Clare

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

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

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



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