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Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.

- Ingrid Bengis
Scratch the simplest expressions, and you will find the metaphor. Written words are handage, inkage, and paperage; it is only by metaphor, or substitution and transposition of ideas, that we can call them language.

- Samuel Butler
Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.

- Cohen, Leonard
It is only by language that we rise above them [the lower animals]óby language, which is the parent, not the child, of thought.

- Oscar Wilde
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.

- Baudelaire, Charles
The human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hope with our music to move the stars.

- Gustave Flaubert
When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.

- Donne, John
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

- Martha Graham
Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.

- Robert Benchley
If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin they would never have found time to conquer the world.

- Heine, Heinrich
I think it's only in a crisis that Americans see other people. It has to be an American crisis, of course. If two countries fight that do not supply the Americans with some precious commodity, then the education of the public does not take place. But when the dictator falls, when the oil is threatened, then you turn on the television and they tell you where the country is, what the language is, how to pronounce the names of the leaders, what the religion is all about, and maybe you can cut out recipes in the newspaper of Persian dishes.

- Delillo, Don
The thought pattern characteristic of the right brain lends itself to the formation of original ideas, insights, discoveries. We might describe it as the kind of thought prevalent in early childhood, when everything is new and everything has meaning. If you have ever walked along a beach and suddenly stopped to pick up a piece of driftwood because it looked to you like a leaping impala or a troll, you know the feeling of pleasure that comes from the sudden recognition of a form. Your Design mind (right brain) has perceived connections and had made a pattern of meaning. It takes logical, rational acts and facts of the world you know, the snippets of your experience, the bits and pieces of your language capabilities, and perceives connections, patterns, and relationships in them.

- Rico, Gabriele Lusser
I was gradually coming to have a mysterious and shuddery reverence for this girl; nowadays whenever she pulled out from the station and got her train fairly started on one of those horizonless transcontinental sentences of hers, it was borne in upon me that I was standing in the awful presence of the Mother of the German Language... She had exactly the German way; whatever was in her mind to be delivered, whether a mere remark, or a sermon, or a cyclopedia, or the history of a war, she would get it into a single sentence or die. Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth.

- Mark Twain
The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?

- Ball, Hugo
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
True creativity often starts where language ends.

- Koestler, Arthur
And what the dead had no speech for, when living, they can tell you, being dead: the communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

- Eliot, T. S.
A different language is a different vision of life.

- Federico Fellini
Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide --that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life --are alike forbidden.

- Holmes, Oliver Wendell



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