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Because everyone uses language to talk, everyone thinks he can talk about language.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Languages are the barometers of national thought and character.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Language,--human language,--after all, is but little better than the cloak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature,--sometimes not so adequate.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.
      - Hippocrates of Iphicrates

Language was invented to ask questions.
      - Eric Hoffer,
        Reflections on the Human Condition
         (p. 55)

Language! the blood of the soul, sir, into which our thoughts run, and out of which they grow.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Language is the picture and counterpart of thought.
      - Mark Hopkins

Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Language is the dress of thought.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Languages are the pedigree of nations.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Preface to his English Dictionary

In the commerce of speech use only coin of gold and silver.
      - Joseph Joubert

Languages are the keys of science.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The accent of one's country dwells in the mind and in the heart as much as in the language.
  [Fr., L'accent du pays ou l'on est ne demeure dans l'esprit et dans le coeur comme dans le langage.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes

Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms.
      - Penelope Lively

Writ in the climate of heaven, in the language spoken by angels.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Children of the Lord's Supper
         (l. 262)

Language is the machine of the poet.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Grammar, which knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws.
  [Fr., La grammaire, qui sait regenter jusqu'aux rois,
    Et les fait, la main haute, obeir a ses lois.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Les Femmes Savantes (II, 6)

A laudation in Greek is of marvellous efficacy on the title-page of a book.
  [Fr., Une louange en grec est d'une merveilleuse efficace a la tete d'un livre.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Preface--Les Precieuses Ridicules

We defend ourself with descriptions and tame the world by generalizing.
      - Iris Murdoch

Accent is the soul of a language; it gives the feeling and truth to it.
  [Fr., L'accent est l'ame du discours, il lui donne le sentiment et la verite.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (I)

Syllables govern the world.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Power

Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Kent at II, ii)

Fie, fie upon her!
  There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip;
    Nay, her foot speaks. Her wanton spirits look out
      At every joint and motive of her body.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at IV, v)

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