Quotes for English Learners
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A cracked kettle
Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
Before you can utter oracles
The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
Henry David Thoreau
But what you are
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
Destruction of words
England and America
In making a speech
In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
It creates feelings
Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.
It goes to his heart
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
It is wine
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
The finest command of language is often shown by saying nothing.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
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 it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
The English language
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.
The finest language
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
The joint creation
Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
The language of nature
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Vincent Van Gogh
Thought and language
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Veiling its deformity
...good deeds can be shortly stated but where wrong is done a wealth of language is needed to veil its deformity.
Virtue of language
The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.
Words have no power
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
Edgar Allan Poe