Language Quotes

Language may die at the hands of the schoolman: it is regenerated by the poets

Emmauel Mounier

Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought

Elizabeth Bowen

Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.

Roland Barthes

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.

Geoffrey Willans

In general, every country has the language it deserves.

Jorge Luis Borges

A people without a language of its own, is only half a nation.

Thomas Osborne Davis

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.

Carl Sandburg

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is the source of misunderstandings.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Language is fossil poetry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Samuel Johnson

Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.

Martin Heidegger

A common language is the most obvious binding element in any society.

Michael Howard

It is not enough for language to have clarity and content: it must also have a goal and an imperative.

Rene Daumal

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Language... has created the word 'loneliness' to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word 'solitude' to express the glory of being alone.

Paul Tillich

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.

Thomas Hardy

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

John Ruskin

Tears are the silent language of grief.

Voltaire

Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. Itís a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.

Federico Fellini

The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether their be any who understand it or not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

High thoughts must have high language.

Aristophanes

Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere

James Martineau
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