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Christopher Ricks Quotes and Sayings

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When a language creates as it does a community within the present,
it does so only by courtesy of a community between
the present and the past.
- Christopher Ricks

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

 

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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 Tillich

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

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FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
- Mark Twain

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things -
of numerous communications networks that all speak
the same digital language.
- Jim Clark

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
- George Carlin

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

The most important words in the English language
are not "I love you" but "It's benign."
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

We don't have a language for the senses.
Feelings are images,
sensations are like musical sounds.
- Anais Nin

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

I personally think we developed language
because of our deep need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

The protean nature of the computer is such that it
can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.
- Alan Kay

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

Drawing on my fine command of the English language,
I said nothing.
- Robert Benchley

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

Use what language you will,
you can never say anything but what you are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If language did not affect behavior,
it could have no meaning.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window.
Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family
tradition in many families.
- Keith Henson

Once you embody the language, the character comes really naturally,
especially when you put the costume on.
- Lucy Liu

The most terrifying words in the English language are:
I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
- Ronald Reagan

Because it equates tradition with prejudice,
the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse
with ordinary people in their common language.
- Christopher Lasch

Talking in one language and talking in another,
I think inevitably, produce two different personalities,
as far as I've seen in other people.
I assume it does the same for me.
- Alma Guillermoprieto

Everybody laughs the same in every language because
laughter is a universal connection.
- Yakov Smirnoff

Go learn the language.
Go take some acting lessons.
Start from zero like everybody else.
- Roselyn Sanchez

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language.
- Gail Godwin

My favorite language for maintainability is Python.
It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation,
good library support, and optional named parameters.
- Bram Cohen

I love to create interesting textures with language.
You can do it as long as it seems like a discovery.
- Robert Morgan

Perl was designed to work more like a natural language.
It's a little more complicated but there are more shortcuts,
and once you learned the language, it's more expressive.
- Larry Wall

English should be our official language.
Reading and speaking English are requirements to become a citizen.
- Ernest Istook

It probably helps that my background is in the sciences
and I can speak the scientists' language.
- David Chalmers

Subversive language, however, must be constantly reinvented,
because it is continually being co-opted by the powerful.
- Carol P. Christ

At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James,
the famous King James version; and this is the great
literary monument of the English language.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Writers let themselves be enticed by the language.
- Peter Bichsel

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

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.
- Martha Graham

I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence,
and the theater you like has more to do with language.
- Ben Kingsley

Following my junior year in high school,
I went on a camping trip through Russia in a group led by Horst Momber,
a young language teacher from Roosevelt.
- Peter Agre

The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference
by means of which we interpret an unknown language.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The one overall structure in my plays is language.
- Edward Bond

Language is a virus from outer space.
- William S. Burroughs

In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value,
this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates
a sort of accompaniment to the signified.
- Roman Jakobson

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking,
What is French? Jazz is a musical language.
It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.
- Branford Marsalis

Apparently Arnold was inspired by President Bush,
who proved you can be a successful politician in this
country even if English is your second language.
- Conan O'Brien

For us chess players the language of artist is something natural.
- Vladimir Kramnik

Well, I like how people talk.
I like language.
You know, Linda Richman spoke in Yiddish.
- Mike Myers

Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to
find the language and images for intense feelings.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word,
if there is such a thing.
- J. L. Austin

Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists;
though their field-work among primitive peoples has
often made them forget the language of science.
- Robert Graves

The music of language became extremely important to me,
and obvious to me.
By the time I was seven I was writing myself.
I was a poet.
- June Jordan

I have seen how effective language attached to policies
that are mainstream and delivered by people who are
passionate and effective can change the course of history.
- Frank Luntz

I try to speak in everyday language.
I feel like God has gifted me to take Bible principles and make them practical.
- Joel Osteen

When the heart speaks, its language is the same under all latitudes.
- Ella Maillart

Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
- Lucille Clifton

Take all that is given whether wealth,
love or language, nothing comes by mistake and with
good digestion all can be turned to health.
- George Herbert

Language is like money, without which specific relative
values may well exist and be felt,
but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.
- George Santayana

Man's ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically,
because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.
- Paul Tillich


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