Quotations on Language

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I think my prose reads as if English were my second language. By the time I get to the end of a paragraph, I'm dodging bullets and gasping for breath.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: Time, End, English, Language, Prose)

Suddenly I was the man who got the part that every actor in the English language was trying to get. I was really scared. I had talked the talk, and now I had to walk the walk. For three days, I couldn't answer the phone.
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Actor, English, Language, Man, Now, Talk, Trying)

And I'm working at trying to find a kind of language where I won't be so easily modulated by expectation.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Expectation, Language, Trying)

A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
- Diane Ackerman
(Keywords: Lie, Emotions, Language, Moods)

Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Hunger, Language, Poor, Words)

Following my junior year in high school, I went on a camping trip through Russia in a group led by Horst Momber, a young language teacher from Roosevelt.
- Peter Agre
(Keywords: Camping, Language, Russia, School)

It is wrong to use equal language for unequal actions.
- Peter Akinola
(Keywords: Actions, Language, Wrong)

As basic rules of a language must be practiced continually, and therefore are never fixed, so exercises toward distinct color effects never are done or over. New and different cases will be discovered time and again.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: Time, Language, Rules, Will)

I lived in England to learn English. When I went to England for the first time, it was like being on the Moon. I had no friends, I couldn't speak the language. I was very isolated.
- Jean Alesi
(Keywords: Time, Being, EnglEnglish, First, Friends, Language, Moon)

No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without being a reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
- Fisher Ames
(Keywords: Bible, Being, Language, Purity)

We had common interests in the beauty of the French language. We both had a tremendous love of jazz. We shared dreams of getting married and having a family, living in the country, leading an idyllic life.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Beauty, Dreams, Life, Love, Family, Country, Jazz, Language, Leading, Living)

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language, as if movies were literature.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Keywords: Movies, Mistake, Language, Literature)

From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Gods, Entertainment, Language, May)

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
(Keywords: First, Language, Persuasion, Speech, Study)

Good art theory must smell of the studio, although its language should differ from the household talk of painters and sculptors.
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Keywords: Art, Language, Talk, Theory)

The themes Poe used were universal and timeless. As long as the English language exists at all, we will be able to appreciate what he did. It will not age! It will not become dated!
- John Astin
(Keywords: English, Language, Will)

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Poetry, Future, Language, Speech)

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
- James A. Baldwin
(Keywords: Truth, Control, Language, Universe)

Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.
- Roland Barthes
(Keywords: Power, Forget, Language, Legislation, Speech)

Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.
- Roland Barthes
(Keywords: Desire, Language, Words)

Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Religion, Language, Liberty, Man)

Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.
- Jean Baudrillard
(Keywords: Innocence, Language, Pleasure)

Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
- Aphra Behn
(Keywords: Money, Language, Nations, Sense)

Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language.
- Hilaire Belloc
(Keywords: History, Life, Effect, Language, Nationalism, Question, Religious)

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: English, Language, Nothing)

Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.
- Eric Bentley
(Keywords: Age, Ideas, Language, Principles)

One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Home, Language, Man)

Having come to live in this age is as though one were to have entered another country. Learn its language or risk being left out.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Age, Being, Country, Language, Risk)

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Art, Language, Past)

In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: History, Art, Language, Painting, Play, Song, World)

Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world.
- Augustine Birrell
(Keywords: Books, Haste, Language, Man, Pressure, Taste, World, Years)

Now, mark it. This may be strong language, but heed it. The people mean it, and, my friends of the Eastern Democracy, we bid farewell when you do that thing.
- Richard Parks Bland
(Keywords: People, Democracy, Friends, Language, May, Now)

Whoever realizes that the six senses aren't real, that the five aggregates are fictions, that no such things can be located anywhere in the body, understands the language of Buddhas.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Body, Language, Senses)

My suggestion is that at each state the proper order of operation of the mind requires an overall grasp of what is generally known, not only in formal logical, mathematical terms, but also intuitively, in images, feelings, poetic usage of language, etc.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: Feelings, Language, Mind, Order, State)

Certainly, because the computer and computer language was still not as common as it is today. That's one of the reasons I believe Tron wasn't as popular back then as it is today.
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Keywords: Computer, Language, Popular, Today)

We might not object to the statement that Lear deserved to suffer for his folly, selfishness and tyranny; but to assert that he deserved to suffer what he did suffer is to do violence not merely to language but to any healthy moral sense.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Folly, Language, Selfishness, Sense, Tyranny, Violence)

There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them.
- Kenneth Branagh
(Keywords: Actors, Language, Shakespeare)

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves.
- Kenneth Branagh
(Keywords: Experience, Music, People, Actors, Language, Meaning, Want, Words)

Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written this language with a paintbrush that talks.
- Jimmy Breslin
(Keywords: English, Language, Past)

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.
- Joseph Brodsky
(Keywords: Patriotism, Attitude, Language, Writer)

Even if you didn't see the movie, you'd see two words you'd never seen put together before - comedy and Muslim. Comedy is friendly - it's the least offensive word in our language.
- Albert Brooks
(Keywords: Muslim, Comedy, Language, Word, Words)

Very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words.
- Gwendolyn Brooks
(Keywords: Life, Language, Wonders, Words)

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.
- Rita Mae Brown
(Keywords: Power, Language, Moon, Tides)

Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Keywords: Knowledge, Language, Literature, Mythology)

Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Body, Conversation, Language, Speech, Words)

And I have to work so hard at talking positively to myself. If I don't, it's just real hard to get through the day, and I'll get really down, and just want to cry. My whole body language changes. I get more slumped over.
- Delta Burke
(Keywords: Work, Body, Day, Language, Talking, Want)

Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles can be shown to have usable secular analogues that throw light upon the nature of language.
- Kenneth Burke
(Keywords: Nature, Purpose, Language, Light, Principles)

Nor do I think that any other nation than this of Wales, nor any other language, whatever may hereafter come to pass, shall on the day of severe examination before the Supreme Judge, answer for this corner of the earth.
- Giraldus Cambrensis
(Keywords: Day, Earth, Examination, Language, May)

There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
- Elias Canetti
(Keywords: Death, Dying, Earth, Language, Today, Ugly)

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
(Keywords: Devil, Language, Now, Reason, Sarcasm)



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