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He has strangled
  His language in his tears.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (King Henry at V, i)

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, The Tempest
         (Caliban at I, ii)

There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (First Gentleman at V, ii)

Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.
      - attributed to George Bernard Shaw,
        but not found in his writings

I am the King of Rome, and above grammar.
  [Lat., Ego sum rex Romanus, et supra grammaticam.]
      - Sigismund,
        said at the 1414 Council of Constance to a prelate who objected to his grammar

Don Chaucer. well of English undefyled
  On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (IV, 2, 32)

Language. By this we build pyramids, fight battles, ordain and administer laws, shape and teach religion, and knit man to man, cultivate each other, and ourselves.
      - John Sterling

An English tongue, if refined to a certain standard, might perhaps be fixed forever.
      - Jonathan Swift

Ours is a precarious language, as every writer knows, in which the merest shadow line often separates affirmation from negation, sense from nonsense, and one sex from the other.
      - James Thurber

Language is an art, and a glorious one, whose influence extends over all others, and in which all science whatever must centre; but an art springing from necessity, and originally invented by artless men.
      - John Horne Tooke

Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning flashes of genius, which unless fixed and arrested might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing as the lightning.
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

The love of our own language, what is it, in fact, but the love of our country expressing itself in one particular direction?
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God.
      - Noah Webster

Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of language.
      - Noah Webster, Preface to Dictionary
         (ed. of 1828)

Felicity, not fluency, of language is a merit.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Spoken language is merely a series of squeaks.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

From purest wells of English undefiled
  None deeper drank than he, the New World's Child,
    Who in the language of their farm field spoke
      The wit and wisdom of New England folk.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        James Russell Lowell

Language is wine upon the lips.
      - Virginia Woolf (nee Stephen) (Adeline Virginia Woolf)

Oft on the dappled turf at ease
  I sit, and play with similes,
    Loose type of things through all degrees.
      - William Wordsworth, To the Daisy

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