Quotes: language

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  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean Baudrillard
    French sociologist, philosopher and cultural theorist 1929-2007
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    If everything is perfect, language is useless. This is true for animals. If animals don't speak, it's because everything's perfect for them. If one day they start to speak, it will be because the world has lost a certain sort of perfection.
  • Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King
    American preacher 1929-1968
    Martin Luther King
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    A riot is the language of the unheard.
  • George F. Will
    George F. Will
    American columnist 1941-
    George F. Will
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    As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.
  • Italo Calvino
    Italo Calvino
    Cuban Writer, Essayist, Journalist 1923-1985
    Italo Calvino
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    Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb.
  • George Steiner
    George Steiner
    French-born American Critic, Novelist 1929-
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    Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss
    Claude Lévi-Strauss
    French antropologist 1908-2009
    Claude Lévi-Strauss
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    Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.
  • Harry Mathews
    Harry Mathews
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    Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraints - the rules that run us. Language is using us to talk -we think we're using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we're its slavish agents.
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas B. Macaulay
    American essayist and historian 1800-1859
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    The English Bible - a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
  • Italo Calvino
    Italo Calvino
    Cuban Writer, Essayist, Journalist 1923-1985
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    The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
  • Oswald Chambers
    Oswald Chambers
    Scottish preacher, writer 1874-1917
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    A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.
  • Diane Ackerman
    Diane Ackerman
    American poet, essayist, savage and naturalist 1948-
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    A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
  • Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King
    American preacher 1929-1968
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    A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
  • William Hazlitt
    William Hazlitt
    English writer 1778-1830
    William Hazlitt
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    A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
  • Gaston Bachelard
    Gaston Bachelard
    French scientist and philosopher 1884-1962
    Gaston Bachelard
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    A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
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