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The language denotes the man. A coarse or refined character finds its expression naturally in a coarse or refined phraseology.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
      - Elizabeth Bowen

Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.
      - Elizabeth Bowen

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.
      - Rita Mae Brown

Well languag'd Danyel.
      - Sir William Browne (1),
        Brittania's Pastorals
         (bk. II, song 2, l. 303)

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
      - George Carlin

Morals and manners will rise or decline with our attention to grammar.
      - Jason Chamberlain,
        in inaugural address at University of Vermont, 1811

To God I speak Spanish, to women Italian, to men French, and to my horse--German.
      - attributed to Charles V

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 Coleridge

Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuitable to the time, place, and company.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        Biographia Literaria (ch. X)

It is curious that some learned dunces, because they can write nonsense in languages that are dead, should despise those that talk sense in language that are living. "To acquire a few tongues," says a French writer, "is the task of a few years, but to be eloquent in one, is the labor of a life."
      - Charles Caleb Colton

If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.
      - Confucius

And who in time knows whither we may vent
  The treasure of our tongue? To what strange shores
    This gain of our best glory shall be sent,
      T' enrich unknowing nations with our stores?
        What worlds in th' yet unformed Occident
          May come refin'd with th' accents that are ours?
      - Samuel Daniel, Musophilus (last lines)

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
      - Sir Humphrey Davy

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
      - Denis Diderot

Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows
  Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.
      - John Dryden, Sixth Satire of Juvenal
         (l. 583)

Use what language you will, you can never say anything to others but what you are.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is fossil poetry.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--The Poet

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

A different language is a different vision of life.
      - Federico Fellini

Languages, like our bodies, are in a perpetual flux, and stand in need of recruits to supply those words that are continually falling, through disuse.
      - Felton

Must every little language have a country all its own?
      - Jerome Frank

And don't confound the language of the nation
  With long-tailed words in osity and ation.
      - John Hookham Frere,
        King Arthur and his Round Table
         (introduction, st. 6)

The language of nature is the universal language.
      - Christoph Willibald Gluck

A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is also ignorant of his own language.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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