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Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?

Author: Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

Profession: American Lawyer

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.

Author: Italo Calvino (1923-1985)

Profession: Cuban Writer, Essayist, Journalist

Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the tone of voice. Grammar protects us against misunderstanding the sound of an uttered name; logic protects us against what we say have double meaning.

Author: Rosenstock Huessy


How many languages are there in the world? How about 5 billion! Each of us talks, listens, and thinks in his/her own special language that has been shaped by our culture, experiences, profession, personality, mores and attitudes. The chances of us meeting someone else who talks the exact same language is pretty remote.

Author: Source Unknown


I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.

Author: Frantz Fanon (1925-1961)

Profession: French Psychiatrist

I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is an language I do not understand.

Author: Sir Edward Appleton (1892-1965)

Profession: British Physicist, Nobel Prize, 1947

I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.

Author: Charles V (1500-1558)

Profession: King of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor.

I wish life was not so short, he thought. languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.

Author: J. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

Profession: British Novelist, Scholar

I wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone is using theirs?

Author: Sydney Pfizer


If English is spoken in heaven. God undoubtedly employs Cranmer as his speechwriter. The angels of the lesser ministries probably use the language of the New English Bible and the Alternative Service Book for internal memos.

Author: Prince Of Wales Charles (1948)

Profession: Duke of Edinburgh, Son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

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.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentlemen, he may pronounce as he pleases.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin they would never have found time to conquer the world.

Author: Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

Profession: German Poet, Journalist