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George CarlinBy and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Timothy LearyThe language of God is not English or Latin; the language of God is cellular and molecular.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

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Friedrich NietzscheIt is very strange of God to learn Greek when He decided to become a writer and then to learn it so badly.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Samuel JohnsonLanguage is the dress of thought.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Emile M. CioranI dream of a language whose words, like fists, would fracture jaws.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheHe who does not speak foreign languages knows nothing about his own.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Samuel JohnsonLanguage is the pedigree of nations.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonGreek, sir, is like lace; every man gets as much of it as he can.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Paul ValeryPoetry is a separate language, or more specifically, a language within a language.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantNo language has ever had a word for a virgin man.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Jacques LacanThe unconscious is structured like a language.

—  Jacques Lacan, 1901-1981, French psychoanalyst

Alfred North WhiteheadThe mentality of mankind and the language of mankind created each other.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Karl KrausLanguage is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausMy language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Jean Jacques RousseauAccent is the soul of language; it gives to it both feeling and truth.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

George Bernard ShawThe United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Will DurantThe earliest uses of writing in Greece were probably commercial or religious; apparently priestly charms and chants are the mother of poetry, and bills of lading are the father of prose.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher


Quotes in Verse

T. S. EliotFor last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948


Funny Quotes

Mark TwainIn Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer










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