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Language is the inventory of human experience.

- Lockhart, L. W.
The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.

- Man, Paul De
In the works of the better poets you get the sensation that they're not talking to people any more, or to some seraphical creature. What they're doing is simply talking back to the language itself --as beauty, sensuality, wisdom, irony --those aspects of language of which the poet is a clear mirror. Poetry is not an art or a branch of art, it's something more. If what distinguishes us from other species is speech, then poetry, which is the supreme linguistic operation, is our anthropological, indeed genetic, goal. Anyone who regards poetry as an entertainment, as a read, commits an anthropological crime, in the first place, against himself.

- Brodsky, Joseph
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
True creativity often starts where language ends.

- Koestler, Arthur
Perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most astonishing.

- Gyles Lytton Sitrachy
A riot is the language of the unheard.

- King Jr. Martin Luther
It were as wise to cast a violet into a crucible that you might discover the formal principle of its color and odor, as seek to transfuse from one language into another the creations of a poet. The plant must spring again from its seed, or it will bear no flower -- and this is the burthen of the curse of Babel.

- Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Take all that is given whether wealth, love or language, nothing comes by mistake and with good digestion all can be turned to health.

- Herbert, George
"Reality" is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.

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

- Ambrose Bierce
A society in which adults are estranged from the world of children, and often from their own childhood, tends to hear children's speech only as a foreign language, or as a lie. Children have been treated. as congenital fibbers, fakers and fantasisers.

- Campbell, Beatrix
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
For a large class of cases -- though not for all -- in which we employ the word meaning it can be defined thus: the meaning of a word is its use in the language.

- Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

- Einstein, Albert
That woman speaks eighteen languages and can't say "No" in any of them.

- Dorothy Parker
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
People in places many of us never heard of, whose names we can't pronounce or even spell, are speaking up for themselves. They speak in languages we once classified as exotic but whose mastery is now essential for our diplomats and businessmen. But what they say is very much the same the world over. They want a decent standard of living. They want human dignity and a voice in their own futures. They want their children to grow up strong and healthy and free.

- Humphrey, Hubert H.
The proverbial German phenomenon of the verb-at-the-end about which droll tales of absentminded professors who would begin a sentence, ramble on for an entire lecture, and then finish up by rattling off a string of verbs by which their audience, for whom the stack had long since lost its coherence, would be totally nonplussed, are told, is an excellent example of linguistic recursion.

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

- Ball, Hugo



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