Language Quotes - Page 2

The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
– Derek Walcott

Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
– Aldous Huxley

It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.
– Alfred North Whitehead

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
– Samuel Taylor

You taught me language, and my profit on’t Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language!
– William Shakespeare

What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.
– W.S. Merwin

The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.
– Robert Burchfield

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
– Samuel Johnson

We are getting into semantics again. If we use words, there is a very grave danger they will be misinterpreted.
– H. R. Halderman

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

Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool.
– Martin H. Fischer

The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.
– John Ruskin

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
– George Bernard Shaw

Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.
– Claude Levi

Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought.
– William James

We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.
– Abigail Adams

Who climbs the grammar tree, distinctly knows Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.
– John Dryden

Don Chaucer. well of English undefyled On Fame’s eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.
– Edmund Spenser

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.
– Marshall Lumsden

And don’t confound the language of the nation With long-tailed words in osity and ation.
– John Hookham Frere