Favorite Quotations ~  Language, 2 Whack on the Side of the Head

"I went with my very being toward language." ~ Paul Celan


Seek always for the best words and the happiest expression you can find. ~ Lord Chesterfield

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. ~ Paul Tillich

Syllables govern the world. ~ John Selden

Without language, it is safe to say that man would not have become fully human. ~ Weston Labarre

The living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! ~ Helen Keller

So difficult is it to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with. ~ John Locke

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images. ~ Niels Bohr

Because language is the carrier of ideas, it is easy to believe that it should be very little else than such a carrier. ~ Louise Bogan

Language is the picture and the counterpart of thought. ~ Mark Hopkins

A living language is like a man suffering incessantly from small hemorrhages, and what it needs above all else is constant transactions of new blood from other tongues. The day the gates go up, that day it begins to die. ~ H. L. Mencken

Life is a lot easier if you know the language. ~ M. L. Rossi

Experts believe that in 50 years, 50 percent or so of the languages that exist today will be gone. ~ Tom Adams

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