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I love the language, that soft bastard Latin, Which melts like kisses from a female mouth.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Beppo (st. 44)

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Besides 'tis known he could speak Greek As naturally as pigs squeak; That Latin was no more difficile That to a blackbird 'tis to whistle.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 51)

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A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 93)

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For though to smatter ends of Greek Or Latin be the rhetoric Of pedants counted, and vain-glorious, To smatter French is meritorious. - Samuel Butler (1),

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Remains in Verse and Prose--Satire--Upon Our Ridiculous Imitation of the French (line 127), a Greek

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. . . Philologists, who chase A painting syllable through time and space Start it at home, and hunt it in the dark, To Gaul, to Greece, and into Noah's Ark.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Retirement (l. 691)

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He Greek and Latin speaks with greater ease Than hogs eat acorns, and tame pigeons peas.

Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex Quotes , Source: Panegyric on Tom Coriate

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Lash'd into Latin by the tingling rod.

John Gay Quotes , Source: The Birth of the Squire (l. 46)

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He who is ignorant of foreign languages, knows not his own. [Ger., Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiss nichts von seiner eigenen.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Kunst und Alterthum

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Small Latin, and less Greek.

Ben Jonson Quotes , Source: To the Memory of Shakespeare

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Everything is Greek, when it is more shameful to be ignorant of Latin. [Lat., Omnia Graece! Cum sit turpe magis nostris nescire Latine.]

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satires (VI, 187), (second line said to be spurious)

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Languages are no more than the keys of Sciences. He who despises one, slights the other.

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (ch. XII)

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It is Hebrew to me. [Fr., C'est de l'hebreu pour moi.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: L'Etourdi (act III, sc. 3)

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He attempts to use language which he does not know. [Lat., Negatas artifex sequi voces.]

Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Satires--Prologue (XI)

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This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist and the armipotent soldier.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Second Lord at IV, iii)

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But those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but for mine own part, if was Greek to me.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Julius Caesar (Casca at I, ii)

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Away with him, away with him! He speaks Latin.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Cade at IV, vii)

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O, good my lord, no Latin! I am not such a truant since my coming As not to know the language I have lived in. A strnage tongue makes my cause more strnage, suspicious. Pray speak in English.

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

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He plays o' th' viol-de-gamboys, and speaks three or four languages word for word without book, and hath all the good gifts of nature.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby at I, iii)

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But to the purpose--for we cite our faults That they may hold excused our lawless lives; And partly, seeing you are beautified With goodly shape, and by your own report A linguist, and a man of such perfection As we do in our quality much want--

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (First Outlaw at IV, i)

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Egad, I think the interpreter is the hardest to be understood of the two!

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Quotes , Source: The Critic (act I, sc. 2)

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