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  • Joan Didion
    Joan Didion
    American Essayist 1934-
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    The ability to think for one's self depends upon one's mastery of the language.
    Source: Slouching Towards Bethlehem (2013) 91
  • 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.
  • Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King
    American preacher 1929-1968
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    A riot is the language of the unheard.
  • George F. Will
    George F. Will
    American columnist 1941-
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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
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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    Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.
  • Ben Johnson
    Ben Johnson
    English playwright and poet 1572-1637
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    Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.
  • Louise Erdrich
    Louise Erdrich
    American author 1954-
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    Of course, English is a very powerful language, a colonizer's language and a gift to a writer. English has destroyed and sucked up the languages of other cultures - its cruelty is its vitality.
  • Harry Mathews
    Harry Mathews
    American writer 1930-2017
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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.
  • Alma Guillermoprieto
    Alma Guillermoprieto
    Mexican journalist
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    Talking in one language and talking in another, I think inevitably, produce two different personalities, as far as I've seen in other people. I assume it does the same for me.
  • Al Sharpton
    Al Sharpton
    American civil rights activist, Baptist minister and talk show host 1954-
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    The promise of America is one immigration policy for all who seek to enter our shores, whether they come from Mexico, Haiti or Canada, there must be one set of rules for everybody. We cannot welcome those to come and then try and act as though any culture will not be respected or treated inferior. We cannot look at the Latino community and preach 'one language.' No one gave them an English test before they sent them to Iraq to fight for America.
  • 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.
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