Language Quotes

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.
– Mark Twain

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Language is a cracked 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

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Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.
– Jack Lynch

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When a language creates as it does a community within the present, it does so only by courtesy of a community between the present and the past.
– Christopher Ricks

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I stand and listen to people speaking french in the stores and in the street. It’s such a pert, crisp language, elegant as ruffling taffeta.
– Belva Plain

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English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education sometimes it’s sheer luck,like getting across the street.
– E. B. White

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