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Russell Hoban Quotes and Sayings

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Language is an archaeological vehicle...
the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history.
- Russell Hoban

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son,
then history need not have bothered to go on,
and the world has wasted a great deal of time.
- Russell Hoban

When you suffer an attack of nerves you're being attacked by the nervous system.
What chance has a man got against a system?
- Russell Hoban

Nothing to be done really about animals.
Anything you do looks foolish.
The answer isn't in us.
It's almost as if we're put here on earth to show how silly they aren't.
- Russell Hoban

 

Explorers have to be ready to die lost.
- Russell Hoban

But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living.
I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.
- Russell Hoban

After all, when you come right down to it,
how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
- Russell Hoban

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An idea is an eye given by God for the seeing of God.
Some of these eyes we cannot bear to look out of;
we blind them as quickly as possible.
- Russell Hoban

There are situations in life to which the only satisfactory
response is a physically violent one.
If you don't make that response, you continually relive
the unresolved situation over and over in your life.
- Russell Hoban

Sometimes I think that the biggest difference between
men and women is that more men need to seek out some
terrible lurking thing in existence and hurl themselves upon it.
Women know where it lives but they can let it alone.
- Russell Hoban

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

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

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

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is a most disgraceful shame the way in which Irishmen are brought up.
They are ashamed of their language, institutions,
and of everything Irish.
- Douglas Hyde

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel,
a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
- Cyril Connolly

Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed
merely towards correcting grammar.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited,
classified and explained except in the light of the
tasks which they perform in language.
- Roman Jakobson

The simplicities of natural laws arise through the
complexities of the language we use for their expression.
- Eugene Wigner

Language is memory and metaphor.
- Storm Jameson

You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language,
or music without atmosphere.
- James Martineau

95% on content and the computer language remains the same.
- Steve McConnell

Regardless of whether you speak the language or are familiar with a culture,
the picture should hold up.
- Herb Ritts

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

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
- William Butler Yeats

Make it, not make it? What's the difference? Music is a language,
it's a dance of life, and it can be a part of your
life without being something that earns.
- Tina Weymouth

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

To create a past that seemed authentic but would be a fiction,
you need an invented language.
- Jeanette Winterson

The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect,
at least if the author is concentrating.
- John M. Ford

I am calling attention just to the main points of these
tremendously important matters,
which can be understood better by pious meditation
than explained by human language.
- Martin Chemnitz

It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd
into an international language all those local overtones
of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist.
- Edward Sapir

You couldn't have human society without language.
- John M. Smith

As thy days, so shall thy strength be which,
in modern language, may be translated as thy thoughts so shall thy life be.
- Emmet Fox

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

Numbers constitute the only universal language.
- Nathanael West

We are all members of a single humanity,
inside our hearts we all speak the same language,
we all love our children and our parents,
we all live in the same world.
- Marc Forne Molne

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

A programming language is low level when its programs
require attention to the irrelevant.
- Alan Perlis

The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation
of what is possible in the musical language.
- Robert Fripp

Also, they don't understand - writing is language.
The use of language.
The language to create image, the language to create drama.
It requires a skill of learning how to use language.
- John Milius

I used some vivid language that, if I could take it back,
I'd take it back.
It's not my intention to be personally critical of
the President or of anyone else.
- Paul O'Neill

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

Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words,
which are manipulated to create surprising illusions.
- John Langdon

Music is the universal language of mankind.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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