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Languages Quotes and Sayings
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We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

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Building technical systems involves a lot of hard work
and specialized knowledge:
languages and protocols,
coding and debugging, testing and refactoring.
- Jesse James Garrett

These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French,
all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied
almost without limit and apply to all national languages.
- Edward Sapir

After an extensive interview he arranged for my weaknesses
in foreign languages to be over-looked and so I started
a Biology degree at Birmingham in 1967.
- Paul Nurse

 

When you grow up in a family of languages,
you develop a kind of casual fluency,
so that languages, though differently colored,
all seem transparent to experience.
- David Antin

I start by using Chinese and many of the sounds of
other languages are similar.
- Andy Lau

Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn't manage
to wipe out languages in Lithuania,
neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the
extent that we had feared.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

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National languages are all huge systems of vested interests
which sullenly resist critical inquiry.
- Edward Sapir

A masculine education cannot spare from professional
study and the necessary acquisition of languages,
the time and attention which I have bestowed on the
compositions of my countrymen.
- Anne Seward

I grew up in a community that was bilingual.
I've done it for a while, singing in both languages.
- Jon Secada

It made me think about a whole area of human activity
that was not really a concern to me before that,
because I was involved in reading Chinese history,
or languages, or whatever.
- Ron Silver

My wife wanted my children to have some Chinese culture and education.
She believes the children need to learn two languages and two cultures.
- Jet Li

The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated,
or even published in the dominant political languages.
- Jacques Derrida

People come from around the world and can understand
each other without even speaking the same languages!
- Sergei Bubka

I've had a very interesting career.
I get to do amazing things and work with amazing people
and travel and learn languages -
things most people don't get the opportunity to do.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.
- Eugene V. Debs

Science and technology multiply around us.
To an increasing extent they dictate the languages
in which we speak and think.
Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.
- J. G. Ballard

England is very interested as well, and other countries
if I could speak the languages!
- Miranda Otto

In English every word can be verbed.
Would that it were so in our programming languages.
- Alan Perlis

We play melodic music, we play songs,
we play all kinds of things and when you improvise
you don't just shut out different languages,
you use all the languages that you have.
- Fred Frith

Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which
the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels.
To switch languages is to change the labels.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

As you know, there are certain languages that lend
themselves very easily to vocal use.
- Neville Marriner

In order to be a diplomat, one must speak a number of languages,
including doubletalk.
- Carey Williams

You who speak languages, you are such liars.
- Orson Scott Card

Languages are true analytical methods.
- Antoine Lavoisier

I never had to learn English, French and German because
I was brought up as all three languages.
I had a private French teacher before I even went to school.
That helped a lot.
- Karl Lagerfeld

We've already recognized that it is absolutely essential
for British children to learn other languages and we
will be working hard to put further strategies in place to ensure this.
- John Whitehead

We don't just borrow words; on occasion,
English has pursued other languages down alleyways
to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
- Booker T. Washington

We need only look to our Navajo Code Talkers during
World War II to see the value that Native languages
bring not only to their culture,
but to the security of all Americans.
- Rick Renzi

I wish life was not so short, he thought.
languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Well, maybe so, although I don't think I am particularly gifted in languages.
In fact, oddly enough, it may have something to do
with my being slow at languages.
- Robert Fitzgerald

Some programming languages manage to absorb change,
but withstand progress.
- Alan Perlis

I was very adept at acquiring languages.
- Anna Held

I have been an actor now for 40 years having worked
in over 10 countries and three languages.
- Nick Mancuso

The surest method of being incomprehensible or,
moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense;
especially words from the ancient languages.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

With .NET once an API is published it's available to
all programming languages at the same time.
- Miguel de Icaza

No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be
considered as representing the same social reality.
- Edward Sapir

I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign
languages and have read everything and have musical
training and they are still dorks.
- Joseph Epstein

Americans are people who prefer the Continent to their own country,
but refuse to learn its languages.
- Edward V. Lucas

I find languages that support just one programming paradigm constraining.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

I wish I was not such a very bad hand at languages.
That is one thing I cannot do, that and ride.
- Richard H. Davis

I think it is an inborn talent - just luck.
Some people can learn languages; some can throw a ball.
Most people have something.
My talent is drawing and painting.
- Mike Thompson

To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the
world is but a place of many words and man appears
a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.
- Joseph Conrad

I have a good ear for languages.
- Harry Dean Stanton

Many people tend to look at programming styles and
languages like religions:
if you belong to one,
you cannot belong to others.
But this analogy is another fallacy.
- Niklaus Wirth

Own only what you can always carry with you:
know languages,
know countries, know people.
Let your memory be your travel bag.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I do not read the ancient languages,
but I am beginning to study Greek.
- Anne Rice

Support for alternate languages will largely depend on the underlying OS.
- Bill Hayden

There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers,
that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us.
Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?
- Barbara Ehrenreich

I wanted to learn a few foreign languages,
and therefore I had to go abroad.
- Ella Maillart

Foreign languages are another favourite topic,
and as these men are bilingual they have a fair notion
of what it means to speak and think in many different idioms.
- John Millington Synge

I speak two languages, Body and English.
- Mae West

Shakespeare is the true multicultural author.
He exists in all languages.
He is put on the stage everywhere.
Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage.
- Harold Bloom

A degree of lying - you know, white lies -
seems to be inherent in all languages and all forms of communication.
- Matthew Lesko

All languages had their birth, their apogee and decline.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country,
and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.
- M. H. Abrams

The knowledge of languages was very useful.
I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.
- Emma Bonino

I wish that I spoke more languages.
I speak a couple languages, but not well enough to really dub myself.
French is really the only one, and it's a difficult thing.
- Jodie Foster

Most metaphysical words in Hopi are verbs,
not nouns as in European languages.
- Benjamin Whorf

I had a quick ear and could pick up languages.
- Diane Cilento

In both business and personal life, I've always found
that travel inspires me more than anything else I do.
Evidence of the languages, cultures,
scenery,
food, and design sensibilities that I discover all
over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.
- Ivanka Trump

The knowledge of the ancient languages is mainly a luxury.
- John Bright

I have a high regard for Native languages and the pivotal
role they have played in our nation's history.
- Rick Renzi

It is time for dead languages to be quiet.
- Natalie Clifford Barney

Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten,
because languages die and mathematical ideas do not.
- G. H. Hardy

I never found accents difficult, after learning languages.
- Vivien Leigh

I grew up speaking both languages, and for me that's really important.
- Jon Secada

Whatever the course, whether the course was boring or interesting to me,
whether I was talented in mathematics or not talented in languages,
my parents expected A's.
- Martin Lewis Perl

Film is one of the three universal languages,
the other two: mathematics and music.
- Frank Capra

One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is
that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Bobby and I went through some old questionnaires about
customer requirements for languages,
then we compiled a new one and sent it out to a few dozen people we knew.
- James Frank


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