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Language Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Language.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

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

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

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

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

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

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

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

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

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

A riot is, at bottom, the language of the unheard.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

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

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon,
without significant analogue in the animal world.
- Noam Chomsky

I have never designed a language for its own sake.
- Niklaus Wirth

True terror is a language and a vision.
There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts,
and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways
that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo

There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors...
it's an extraordinarily subtle language.
Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.
- Conrad Hall

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

All true language is incomprehensible,
like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.
- Antonin Artaud

There is a pride in speaking this language.
- Bernard Pivot

At least for the people who send me mail about a new
language that they're designing,
the general advice is: do it to learn about how to write a compiler.
- Dennis Ritchie

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary
language in our private thoughts is one of the main
obstacles to progress in philosophy.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

One truth is the swing of the sentence,
the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity
of the writer as he matches with the language.
- Don DeLillo

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

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy.
I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream,
a certain language governed it.
- Jacques Derrida

In the GNOME project we tried to keep the platform language independent.
- Miguel de Icaza

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

The four most beautiful words in our common language:
I told you so.
- Gore Vidal

My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages
are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
- Edward Gibbon

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

You know, when it was done originally,
they always had to fight to keep it going at the end of each season.
Now, The Odd Couple has become part of our language and culture.
- Brett Somers

I'm really fascinated and you know I've been wondering
about that usage of language,
various breathing techniques and why in these practices
language is being used in another way.
- Kathy Acker

What I was proud of was that I used very few parts
to build a computer that could actually speak words
on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a
programming language that could play games.
And I did all this myself.
- Steve Wozniak

However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language,
its flaws and limitations become serious.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

Well it is sometimes difficult to act in another language.
- Sophie Marceau

It's my belief we developed language because of our
deep inner need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our
intelligence by means of language.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

French was my first language.
- Bob Cousy

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet,
respectful tones, but in a foreign language.
You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
- Judith Martin

No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without
being a reader of the Bible,
and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
- Fisher Ames

Fools, most linguists.
Damn all to say in one language, so they learn another
and say damn all in that.
- John le Carre

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides
by our facility with language.
- J. Michael Straczynski

I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with
good language and trying to imitate it.
- Charles Kuralt

Today each composer is not only involved in aesthetics,
but he's actually trying to create his own language.
- Leo Ornstein

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

I like to play with someone who can cover a lot of
ground and someone with whom you can discuss the language at a reasonable level;
otherwise it gets a bit frustrating.
- Andy Summers

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

Everyone, left to his own devices, forms an idea about
what goes on in language which is very far from the truth.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

I do that in whatever language of the country I'm in,
because the audience appreciate it.
- Phil Collins

The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images.
Is sign language the real language of Paradise?
- Hugo Ball


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