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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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And who in time knows whither we may vent The treasure of our tongue? To what strange shores This gain of our best glory shall be sent, T' enrich unknowing nations with our stores? What worlds in th' yet unformed Occident May come refin'd with th' accents that are ours?

Samuel Daniel Quotes , Source: Musophilus (last lines)

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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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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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