Language Quotes and Sayings

Posted by Brian

The English language is nobody’s special property.  It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. – Derek Walcott

One man’s frankness is another man’s vulgarity. – Kevin Smith

I like the word “indolence.” It makes my laziness seem classy. – Bern Williams

We infer the spirit of the nation in great measure from the language, which is a sort of monument to which each forcible individual in a course if many hundred years has contributed a stone. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. – Abraham Lincoln

Language is wine upon the lips. – Virginia Woolf

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

The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor. – Samuel Butler

Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons. – Aldous Huxley

Verbing weirds language. – Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer. – Marshall Lumsden

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generation. – Edward Sapir

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true. – Samuel Johnson

Every language is a temple, in which the soul of those who speak it is enshrined. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. – Edward R. Murrow

If you can speak three languages you’re trilingual.  If you can speak two languages you’re bilingual.  If you can speak only one language you’re an American. – Author Unknown

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

Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery. – Mark Amidon

Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool. – Martin H. Fischer

No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby, – so helpless and so ridiculous. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing. – Claude Levi-Strauss

Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages. – Dave Barry

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison

A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words. – Samuel Butler

He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kunst and Alterthum

Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought. – William James


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