Monday, February 7, 2011

Quotes about Language, Part II

More language quotes...

"Learn a language, get a new soul." Czech proverb

"Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting."  Peter Finley Dunne

"It's no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an airport' appear." Douglas Adams

"It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs." Thomas Hardy

"War is what happens when language fails." Margaret Atwood

"England and America are two countries divided by a common language." George Bernard Shaw

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

"I personally think we developed language because of our deep-seated need to complain." Lily Tomlin

"Any time you think some other language is strange, remember that yours is just as strange. You're just used to it." The Language Mystic

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

"The four most beautiful words in our common language: 'I told you so'." Gore Vidal

"Wer fremde Sprache nicht kennt, weiss nicht von seiner einigen." Those who don't know any other foreign language, don't know anything about their own. (German) Goethe

"Tir gan teanga, tir gan agam." A country without its language is a country without its soul. (Irish Gaelic)

"Cave quid dicis, quando, et qui." Be careful what you say, when and to whom. (Latin)

All original writing and art copyright A. Dameron 2000-2011

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