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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Language:

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

A different language is a different vision of life.
~ Federico Fellini.

A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool.
~ Author Unknown.

A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years.
~ Wendell L.Willkie.

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

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 Quotes.

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

“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 Quotes.

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 Quotes.

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

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.

I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
~ Jane Wagner.

I would never use a long word where a short one would answer the purpose.I know there are professors in this country who "ligate" arteries. Other surgeons only tie them, and it stops the bleeding just as well.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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.

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

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.

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

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