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114 Greatest Quotes About Language


What is unusual about Earth is that language, literally, has become alive. It has infested matter. It is replicating and defining and building itself. And it is in us. Terence McKenna
You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect. John Green
The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity. George Orwell
Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words. Rumi
There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language. George Orwell
I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to ya'll! Lil Wayne
profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you. Kurt Vonnegut
Accounting is the language of business. Warren Buffett
Not the ones speaking the same language, but the ones sharing the same feeling understand each other. Rumi
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela
What makes us human, I think, is an ability to ask questions, a consequence of our sophisticated spoken language. Jane Goodall
'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence? George Carlin
I begin to long for some little language such as lovers use, broken words, inarticulate words, like the shuffling of feet on pavement. Virginia Woolf
I can ask for cigarettes in every language. David Bowie
When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images. Niels Bohr
My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness. Al Pacino
I die for speaking the language of the angels. Joan of Arc
Women speak two languages - one of which is verbal. William Shakespeare
To have another language is to possess a second soul. Charlemagne
The eyes have one language everywhere. George Herbert
Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth. Margaret Atwood
The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics. Galileo Galilei
Know what you are talking about. Pope John Paul II
He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music. James Joyce
A language, like a species, when extinct, never... reappears. Charles Darwin
Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones. Keith Richards
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. Walt Disney
Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. Aldo Leopold
When I cannot see words curling like rings of smoke round me I am in darkness—I am nothing. Virginia Woolf
In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language. Mark Twain
A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars. Gustave Flaubert
The two great dividers are religion and LANGUAGE. Immanuel Kant
Silence is ever speaking; it is the perennial flow of language. Ramana Maharshi
The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language. Ezra Pound
What I try to do is find a language for life. Pina Bausch
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. Ezra Pound
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. Rita Dove
If you want to talk about something new, you have to make up a new kind of language. Haruki Murakami
For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. Aldous Huxley
I do know where I'm going and it's just a matter of finding the language to get there. John Irving
While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty. Jose Rizal
I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? William Lloyd Garrison
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance. Stephen Fry
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear. Ezra Pound
The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words. Hippocrates