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102 Language Quotes

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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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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It's no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase "As pretty as an airport" appear

Douglas Adams 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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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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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 English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.

Robert Burchfield Quotes

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

George Eliot Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.

Carl Sagan Quotes

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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.

Claude Levi-Strauss Quotes

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When a language creates -- as it does -- a community within the present, it does so only by courtesy of a community between the present and the past.

Christopher Ricks Quotes

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The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.

John Ruskin Quotes

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