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

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

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Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Preface to his English Dictionary

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Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Winter's Tale (First Gentleman at V, ii)

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I am the King of Rome, and above grammar. [Lat., Ego sum rex Romanus, et supra grammaticam.]

Sigismund Quotes , Source: said at the 1414 Council of Constance to a prelate who objected to his grammar

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All language reflects the prejudices of the society in which it evolved.

Casey Miller Quotes

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I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out.

Katherine Dunn Quotes

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To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.

Joseph Conrad Quotes

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Morals and manners will rise or decline with our attention to grammar.

Jason Chamberlain Quotes , Source: in inaugural address at University of Vermont, 1811

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Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuitable to the time, place, and company.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes , Source: Biographia Literaria (ch. X)

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Language is fossil poetry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Essays--The Poet

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And don't confound the language of the nation With long-tailed words in osity and ation.

John Hookham Frere Quotes , Source: King Arthur and his Round Table (introduction, st. 6)

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Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth.

Anna Jameson Quotes

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Well languag'd Danyel.

Sir William Browne Quotes , Source: Brittania's Pastorals (bk. II, song 2, l. 303)

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The accent of one's country dwells in the mind and in the heart as much as in the language. [Fr., L'accent du pays ou l'on est ne demeure dans l'esprit et dans le coeur comme dans le langage.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (342)

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Writ in the climate of heaven, in the language spoken by angels.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: The Children of the Lord's Supper (l. 262)

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Grammar, which knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws. [Fr., La grammaire, qui sait regenter jusqu'aux rois, Et les fait, la main haute, obeir a ses lois.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Les Femmes Savantes (II, 6)

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Accent is the soul of a language; it gives the feeling and truth to it. [Fr., L'accent est l'ame du discours, il lui donne le sentiment et la verite.]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes , Source: Emile (I)

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Syllables govern the world.

John Selden Quotes , Source: Table Talk--Power

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Fie, fie upon her! There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip; Nay, her foot speaks. Her wanton spirits look out At every joint and motive of her body.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ulysses at IV, v)

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He has strangled His language in his tears.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (King Henry at V, i)

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You taught me language, and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tempest (Caliban at I, ii)

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There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Winter's Tale (First Gentleman at V, ii)

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Don Chaucer. well of English undefyled On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.

Edmund Spenser Quotes , Source: The Faerie Queene (IV, 2, 32)

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We are getting into semantics again. If we use words, there is a very grave danger they will be misinterpreted.

H. R. Halderman Quotes

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

George Eliot Quotes

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