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FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

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The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
- Mark Twain

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

We don't have a language for the senses.
Feelings are images,
sensations are like musical sounds.
- Anais Nin

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things -
of numerous communications networks that all speak
the same digital language.
- Jim Clark

The protean nature of the computer is such that it
can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.
- Alan Kay

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

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it,
was and remains for me an effort to make sense out
of essentially senseless situations.
- Thomas Lynch

Make definite assertions.
Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, non-committal language.
- William Strunk, Jr.

French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
- Stephen King

As thy days, so shall thy strength be which,
in modern language, may be translated as thy thoughts so shall thy life be.
- Emmet Fox

Take all that is given whether wealth,
love or language, nothing comes by mistake and with
good digestion all can be turned to health.
- George Herbert

I want do a Mandarin language movie.
It'll probably be the next movie I do after the one I do next.
- Quentin Tarantino

The Divinity could be invoked as well in the English
language as in the French.
- Wilfrid Laurier

We call that person who has lost his father,
an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife.
But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend,
by what name do we call him? Here every language is
silent and holds its peace in impotence.
- Joseph Roux

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language.
That is our country, our fatherland -
and no other.
- Emile M. Cioran

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech...
One would say that the poetic image,
in its newness,
opens a future to language.
- Gaston Bachelard

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth,
and the root function of language is to control the
universe by describing it.
- James A. Baldwin

Shakespeare, who is probably the greatest writer and
poet of the English language,
lived in a time that was politically very conservative
and it's reflected in his writings.
- Alex Cox

Better to die in the pursuit of civilized values,
we believed, than in a flight underground.
We were offering a value system couched in the language of science.
- John Charles Polanyi

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand.
The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
- Marshall McLuhan

What language are you talking in now? It appears to be bollocks.
- Richard Wilson

Numbers constitute the only universal language.
- Nathanael West

Restoring the Welsh language in Wales is nothing less than a revolution.
It is only through revolutionary means that we can succeed.
- Saunders Lewis

We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has.
- Deborah Tannen

Singing beautiful melodies is one thing,
but to deliver the text so that the people understand it,
even in a foreign language, has to be worked at very hard.
- Maureen Forrester

Having come to live in this age is as though one were
to have entered another country.
Learn its language or risk being left out.
- Theodore Bikel

If language did not affect behavior,
it could have no meaning.
- Kenneth L. Pike

A gloss is a total system of perception and language.
- Talcott Parsons

One of the most misleading representational techniques
in our language is the use of the word 'I.'
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Male supremacy is fused into the language,
so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.
- Andrea Dworkin

I feed on good soup, not beautiful language.
- Moliere

Why on earth do we want closer connection with England?
We have little in common with English people except our language.
We are fast becoming an entirely different people.
- Henry Lawson

If you're a good numbers person, you're a bad language person.
- Frank Luntz

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

Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover:
if not as a guide through the world,
then as a yardstick for the language.
- Joseph Brodsky

Language thus becomes monumental because of the mutations of advertising.
- Robert Smithson

If French is no longer the language of a power,
it can be the language of a counter power.
- Lionel Jospin

Speech happens to not be his language.
- Madame de Stael

Writers let themselves be enticed by the language.
- Peter Bichsel

I try for a poetic language that says,
This is who we are, where we have been,
where we are.
This is where we must go.
And this is what we must do.
- Mari Evans

A good book, in the language of the book-sellers,
is a salable one; in that of the curious,
a scarce one; in that of men of sense,
a useful and instructive one.
- Oswald Chambers

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
- William Butler Yeats

The difference between an author and a horse is that
the horse doesn't understand the horse dealer's language.
- Max Frisch

When the American spirit was in its youth,
the language of America was different:
Liberty,
sir, was the primary object.
- Patrick Henry

No one has a finer command of language than the person
who keeps his mouth shut.
- Sam Rayburn

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.
Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?
- George Carlin

If you decide to design your own language,
there are thousands of sort of amateur language designer pitfalls.
- Guido van Rossum

The presentation of hard core pornography,
brutality and shocking language, from what I hear,
is leaving the public jaded and tired of this kind of film.
- Pola Negri

My plays are made up of long monologues,
which is similar to prose working with the language.
- Elfriede Jelinek

95% on content and the computer language remains the same.
- Steve McConnell

If the word 'No' was removed from the English language,
Ian Paisley would be speechless.
- John Hume


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