Famous Quotes About Language


“There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them.” (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde

“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)

Albert Einstein

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” (W.H. Auden)

W.H. Auden

“He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.” (Jose Rizal)

Jose Rizal

“To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.” (Charles Baudelaire)

Charles Baudelaire

“The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!” (Maria Montessori)

Maria Montessori

“All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing.  But the contrary is also true; language is what makes us human.  It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.” (Octavio Paz)

Octavio Paz

“What I take from writers I like is their economy – the ability to use language to very effective ends.  The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words – that’s magical. (Mos Def)

Mos Def

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.” (George Orwell)

George Orwell

“Language is not only the vehicle of thought.  It is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.” (Humphrey Davy)

Humphry Davy

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” (James Humes)

“I am very aware that playwrights, particularly good ones, have an intention for everything they write.  Language and punctuation is used specifically, and most of the time actors can find wonderful clues about character in the rhythm and cadence of the language used.” (Laura Linney)

Laura Linney

“We’ve driven teenagers crazy in every language.” (Robert B. Sherman)

Robert Sherman


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