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Language Quotes

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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

Related topics: Wisdom Simplicity Simple Science

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Sports is like rock 'n' roll.
Both are dominant cultural forces, both speak an international language,
and both are all about emotions.
- Phil Knight

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth,
and the root function of language is to control the
universe by describing it.
- James A. Baldwin

The only thing that exists is torment,
lyricism, and the magnificence of language.
- John Hawkes

If French is no longer the language of a power,
it can be the language of a counter power.
- Lionel Jospin

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time,
but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
- T. S. Eliot

Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity;
and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language,
nationality, or religion.
- John Comenius

I learned English, my sixth language at this point,
quite quickly.
- Roald Hoffmann

I know what the structure of the language is.
- Kurt Loder

Male supremacy is fused into the language,
so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.
- Andrea Dworkin

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

Smiles are the language of love.
- David Hare

Language is a tool adequate to provide any degree of
precision relevant to a particular situation.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language,
which is the power of our ultimate relationship to
everything in the universe.
- Adrienne Rich

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration,
and feign innocence vis a vis language,
because language is never innocent.
- Juan Goytisolo

If you're a good numbers person, you're a bad language person.
- Frank Luntz

Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket.
- William Golding

The repeal of racist language in the Constitution of
Alabama was and still is a necessary step in the state's ability to progress.
- Artur Davis

I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits,
limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits
that language itself imposes.
- Mark Strand

So, not for lack of love of language,
but because I feel our language is in an enormous state of humiliation,
I decided to make films without words.
- Godfrey Reggio

It was all completely incomprehensible to me.
I was fearful of the language.
You had to look up every third word.
- Kevin Kline

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection.
It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past:
it creates a new generation of coding bums.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Of course the other and more serious way in which it
all happens is that one finds in poems and language
some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.
- Robert Fitzgerald

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech...
One would say that the poetic image,
in its newness,
opens a future to language.
- Gaston Bachelard

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
- George Eliot

Greek was very much a live language,
and a language still unconscious of grammar,
not, like ours, dominated by definitions and trained upon dictionaries.
- Gilbert Murray

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

To have another language is to possess a second soul.
- Charlemagne

Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.
- Ben Jonson

History does not merely touch on language,
but takes place in it.
- Theodor Adorno

Metaphor is embodied in language.
- Dennis Potter

There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation,
and for some men it is quite as difficult to record
an observation in brief and plain language.
- William Osler

The language you are about to hear...
is disturbing.
- Dave Chappelle

For most women, the language of conversation is primarily a language of rapport:
a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationships.
- Deborah Tannen

My first language is Gaelic.
- Enya

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

It was real Cheyenne.
I would get the translations the night before,
but it was very difficult because it was not like any
other language you would be familiar with.
- Joe Lando

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

The radio was my big influence.
Comedy came from the instinctual feel I had for language.
- Dominic Chianese

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language,
as if movies were literature.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

In the later books I am much more at home in the use
of language to describe things.
I had never thought of that until a critic pointed that out.
- Robert Morgan

Yes, living voices in a living language,
so it seemed to us.
- Robert Fitzgerald


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