Monday, May 02, 2005

Language Quotes

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.  ~Mark Twain At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.  ~Marshall Lumsden What words say does not last.  The words last.  Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes We have too many high sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.  ~Abigail Adams Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years.  ~Wendell L. Willkie Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.  ~Edward R. Murrow If you can speak three languages you're trilingual.  If you can speak two languages you're bilingual.  If you can speak only one language you're an American.  ~Author Unknown I like the word "indolence." It makes my laziness seem classy.  ~Bern Williams Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.~Samuel Johnson Words signify man's refusal to accept the world as it is.  ~Walter Kaufmann Language is the dress of thought.  ~Samuel Johnson 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 The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.  ~Lewis Thomas Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought.  ~William James Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool.  ~Martin H. Fischer 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 He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own

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