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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