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Language quotes
Language
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Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. :-)

- Larry Wall in <8571@jpl-devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV>
2.

To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.

- Barthes, Roland
3.

Language is the source of misunderstandings.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
4.

And who in time knows whither we may vent the treasure of our tongue, to what strange shores this gain of our best glories shall be sent, 't unknowing Nations with our stores? What worlds in the yet unformed Occident may come refined with the accents that are ours?

- Daniel, Samuel
5.

The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.

- Lewis Thomas
6.

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.

- George Orwell
7.

Language. . . is not outside the mind, but is the outside of the mind.

- Max Muller
8.

LANGUAGE, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure.

- Ambrose Bierce
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Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech. If you approach me at a bus stop and murmur Thou still unravished bride of quietness, then I am instantly aware that I am in the presence of the literary.

- Eagleton, Terry
10.

If you are to reach masses of people in this world, you must do it by a sign language. Whether your vehicle be commerce, literature, or politics, you can do nothing but raise signals, and make motions to the people.

- Chapman, John Jay
11.

The eyes have one language everywhere.

- Herbert, George
12.

My opposition [To Interviews] lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.

- Thurber, James
13.

Language is like a crack'd 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
14.

I don't know the rules of grammar. If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language.

- Ogilvy, David
15.

Language exists only on the surface of our consciousness. The great human struggles are played out in silence and in the ability to express oneself.

- Franz Xavier Kroetz
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The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship. Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images.

- Paglia, Camille
17.

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

- Donne, John
18.

In fast-moving, progress-conscious America, the consumer expects to be dizzied by progress. If he could completely understand advertising jargon he would be badly disappointed. The half-intelligibility which we expect, or even hope, to find in the latest product language personally reassures each of us that progress is being made: that the pace exceeds our ability to follow.

- Boorstin, Daniel J.
19.

The theater, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything -- gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness -- rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations. To break through language in order to touch life is to create or recreate the theatre.

- Artaud, Antonin
20.

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human...Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

- John Comenius


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