Quotes and sayings about language

A list of quotes and sayings about language

It is believed that language is the very essence of what constitutes our humanity. It is the mirror of both individuals and nations. Language reveals our thoughts and thoughts can never exist without language. So many prominent people have spoken about language and none has denied its supremacy over human behavior. These are some quotes and sayings that I favored and want to share with you. I’ll be appreciate your comments!

To have another language is to possess a second soul. -Charlemagne

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.  – John Locke
Language forces us to perceive the world as man presents it to us.  -Julia Penelope

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet. -Winston Churchill

English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway.  -Author Unknown

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words. -George Eliot

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

I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.  -Jane Wagner

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.  -Quentin Crisp

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.  -Carl Sandburg

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.  -Franklin P. Jones

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.  -Marshall Lumsden

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

Words signify man’s refusal to accept the world as it is.  -Walter Kaufmann

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.  When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as if it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.  -George Orwell

To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot. -Joseph Conrad

He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Language is the biggest barrier to human progress because language is an encyclopedia of ignorance. Old perceptions are frozen into language and force us to look at the world in an old fashioned way. -Edward de Bono

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language. – J. Michael Straczinsky

There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it. -Dale Carnegie

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2 Responses

  1. Claudia says:

    I love Churchill´s one and the other quote about “Euphemisms”.

  1. December 31, 2009

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