Language Quotes

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

Gore Vidal

Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.

Thomas Carlyle

Immigration must be halted in the short-term so that our dole queues are not added to by, in many cases, unskilled migrants not fluent in the English language.

Pauline Hanson

Language is the light of the mind

John Stuart Mill

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.

Marshall McLuhan

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

Robert Burchfield

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.

Elizabeth Bowen

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.

William Hazlitt

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

Claude Levi-Strauss

Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms

Penelope Lively

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.

T S Eliot

French is the language that turns dirt into romance.

Stephen King

The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.

Marcellinus Ammianus

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

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