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Language Quotes

Famous Quotes & Quotations About Language:

A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.
~ Samuel Butler.

A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Carve every word before you let it fall.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“Children, don't speak so coarsely," said Mr.Webster, who had a vague notion that some supervision should be exercised over his daughters' speech, and that a line should be drawn, but never knew quite when to draw it.He had allowed his daughters to use his library without restraint, and nothing is more fatal to maidenly delicacy of speech than the run of a good library.
~ Robertson Davies.

Conversation is the slowest form of human communication.
~ Author Unknown.

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
~ Samuel Johnson.

English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway.
~ Author Unknown.

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
~ Quentin Crisp.

Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool.
~ Martin H.Fischer.

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.
~ Marshall Lumsden.

Be not the slave of Words.
~ Thomas Carlyle.

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

Every American child should grow up knowing a second language, preferably English.
~ Mignon McLaughlin.

He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

I like the word "indolence." It makes my laziness seem classy.
~ Bern Williams.

If you can speak three languages you're trilingual. If you can speak two languages you're bilingual. If you can speak only one language you're an American.
~ Author Unknown.

Language forces us to perceive the world as man presents it to us.
~ Julia Penelope.

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.
~ Mark Twain.

It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.
~ Alfred North Whitehead.

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.
~ Franklin P.Jones.

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