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Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.

Author: Sir Humphrey Davy (1778-1829)

Profession: British Chemist

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law. Because, in other words, the powerful don't play; they mean to keep that power, and those who are the powerless (you and me) better shape up --mimic/ape/suck --in the very image of the powerful, or the powerful will destroy you --you and our children.

Author: June Jordan (1939)

Profession: American Poet, Civil Rights Activist

Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning flashes of genius, which, unless thus fixed and arrested, might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing, as the lightning.

Author: Richard Chevenix Trench (1807-1886)

Profession: Irish Ecclesiastic, Archbishop of Dublin

Language is the archives of history.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Language is the dress of thought.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Language is the inventory of human experience.

Author: L. W. Lockhart


Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.

Author: Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Profession: Austrian Satirist

Language is the pedigree of nations.

Author: Johnson


Language is the Rubicon that divides man from beast.

Author: Max Muller (1823-1900)

Profession: British Philosopher, Philologist

Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.

Author: Ben Johnson (1600-)

Profession: British Clergyman, Poet

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''

Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.

Author: Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897-1941)

Profession: American Linguist