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The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib. (Quote by - Robert Burchfield)

To have another language is to possess a second soul. (Quote by - Charlemagne)

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words. (Quote by - George Eliot)

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. (Quote by - Aldous Huxley)

Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own. (Quote by - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)

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. (Quote by - Carl Sagan)

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. (Quote by - Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing. (Quote by - Claude Levi-Strauss)

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. (Quote by - Christopher Ricks)

The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle. (Quote by - John Ruskin)

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it. (Quote by - George Bernard Shaw)

Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all. (Quote by - Walt Whitman)

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. (Quote by - Robert Benchley)

Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about. (Quote by - Benjamin Lee Whorf)

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. (Quote by - Henry Brooks Adams)

I stand and listen to people speaking french in the stores and in the street. It's such a pert, crisp language, elegant as ruffling taffeta. (Quote by - Belva Plain)

Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms. (Quote by - Penelope Lively)

I can remember the lush spring excitement of language in childhood. Sitting in church, rolling it around my mouth like marbles--tabernacle and pharisee and parable, tresspass and Babylon and covenant. (Quote by - Penelope Lively)

Language helps form the limits of our reality. (Quote by - Dale Spender)

And who in time knows whither we may vent the treasure of our tongue, to what strange shores this gain of our best glories shall be sent, 't unknowing Nations with our stores? What worlds in the yet unformed Occident may come refined with the accents that are ours? (Quote by - Samuel Daniel)

For every man there is something in the vocabulary that would stick to him like a second skin. His enemies have only to find it. (Quote by - Ambrose Bierce)

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation. (Quote by - 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. (Quote by - Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

If language had been the creation not of poetry but of logic, we should only have one. (Quote by - Friedrich Hebbel)

If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found the time to conquer the world. (Quote by - Heinrich Heine)


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