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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Language:

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.

The quantity of consonants in the English language is constant.If omitted in one place, they turn up in another.When a Bostonian "pahks" his "cah," the lost r's migrate southwest, causing a Texan to "warsh" his car and invest in "erl wells."
~ Author Unknown.

The reaction to any word may be, in an individual, either a mob-reaction or an individual reaction.It is up to the individual to ask himself: Is my reaction individual, or am I merely reacting from my mob-self? When it comes to the so-called obscene words, I should say that hardly one person in a million escapes mob-reaction.
~ D.H.Lawrence.

The word "good" has many meanings.For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
~ G.K. Chesterton.

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.

There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable.There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly.
~ Annie Dillard.

We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.
~ Abigail Adams.

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
~ John Locke.

What words say does not last.The words last.Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.
~ Antonio Porchia.

Whenever ideas fail, men invent words.
~ Martin H.Fischer.

Words, like Nature, half reveal
And half conceal the Soul within.
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Words signify man's refusal to accept the world as it is.
~ Walter Kaufmann.

Words want to be free!
~ Author Unknown.

Learn a new language and get a new soul.
~ Czech Proverb.

Learning preserves the errors of the past, as well as its wisdom. For this reason, dictionaries are public dangers, although they are necessities.
~ Alfred North Whitehead.

Let's not become so worried about not offending anybody that we lose the ability to distinguish between respect and paranoia.
~ Larry King.

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson.

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