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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.
Gustave Flaubert

A riot
A riot is the language of the unheard.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Animation
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.
Walt Disney

Before speaking
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
Epictetus

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
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Comprehensible
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
Albert Einstein

Destruction of words
It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.
George Orwell

England and America
England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
George Bernard Shaw

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.
Aristotle

It creates feelings
Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.
Umberto Eco

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.
Nelson Mandela

It is wine
Language is wine upon the lips.
Virginia Woolf

Kindness
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

Listening
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus

Ordinary language
I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.
Bertrand Russell

Pictures
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
Walt Disney

Political chaos
Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
George Orwell

Political language
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

Sarcasm
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.
Thomas Carlyle

Saying nothing
The finest command of language is often shown by saying nothing.
Roger Babson

Terrifying words
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Ronald Reagan

The enemy
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.
George Orwell

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.
Walt Whitman

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

The handicap
I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
Gustave Flaubert

The joint creation
Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
George Orwell

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.
George Orwell

Veiling its deformity
...good deeds can be shortly stated but where wrong is done a wealth of language is needed to veil its deformity.
Thucydides

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.
Hippocrates

Words have no power
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
Edgar Allan Poe

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