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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Language:

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 Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now.

Language is by its very nature a communal thing; that is, it expresses never the exact thing but a compromise - that which is common to you, me, and everybody.
~ Thomas Earnest Hulme.

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Our language is funny - a fat chance and slim chance are the same thing.
~ J.Gustav White.

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
~ Edward R.Murrow.

People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch.
~ Jack Nicholson.

Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four.
~ Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times.

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the Devil; for which reason I have, long since, as good as renounced it.
~ Thomas Carlyle.

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

Language is the dress of thought.
~ Samuel Johnson.

Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery.
~ Mark Amidon.

Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought.
~ William James.

Oaths are but words, and words but wind.
~ Samuel Butler.

One man's frankness is another man's vulgarity.
~ Kevin Smith.

Sometimes it's just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams - assuming you don't drown in the metaphor.
~ Robert Brault.

Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting.
~ Peter Finley.

Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
~ Aldous Huxley.

The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.
~ Lewis Thomas.

The English language is nobody's special property.It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
~ Derek Walcott.

The existing phrasebooks are inadequate.They are well enough as far as they go, but when you fall down and skin your leg they don't tell you what to say.
~ Mark Twain.

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