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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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Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.

Benjamin Lee Whorf Quotes

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I speak two languages, Body and English.

Mae West Quotes

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Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

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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 Quotes

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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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The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them

Stephen King Quotes

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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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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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Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Lear (Kent at II, 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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If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of humn thought.

Helen Keller 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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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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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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Well languag'd Danyel.

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

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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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