Quotes on Language

Quotes on Language


Violence of language leads to violence of action. Angry men seldom fight if their tongues do not lead the fray. Charles Victor Roman


Correct English is the slang of prigs. George Eliot


I have received memos so swollen with managerial babble that they struck me as the literary equivalent of assault with a deadly weapon. Peter Baida


Nothing surely is more alive than a word. J. Donald Adams


England and America are two countries separated by the same language. George Bernard Shaw


Without knowing the force of the words, it is impossible to know men. Confucius


If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world. Heinrich Heine


Language is the archives of history. Ralph Waldo Emerson


By its very looseness, by its way of evoking rather than defining, suggesting rather than saying, English is a magnificent vehicle for emotional poetry. Max Beerbohm


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


Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands, and goes to work. Carl Sandburg


The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Mark Twain


Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. Adlai E. Stevenson


Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. John Erskine


The pen is mightier than the sword. Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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