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“Change your language and you change your thoughts.”
-- Karl Albrecht

* "We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race."
-- Kofi Annan

High thoughts must have high language.
-- Aristophanes

* In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
-- Aristotle (384-322 BC)

* Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
-- James Baldwin

"Kindness is a language which the dumb can speak, the deaf can understand."
-- C.N. Bovee

The most important word in the language of the working class is "solidarity."
-- Harry Bridges

Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.
-- Angela Carter

* Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
~ Jimmy Carter

If our language, our programs, our creations are not strongly present in the new media, the young generation of our country will be economically and culturally marginalized.
-- Jacques Chirac


* “Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.”
-- Noam Chomsky

Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion.
-- John Comenius, 17th century philosopher

“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.”
-- Confucius

* There's an aspect of human nature in which we want to think we're better than somebody else. They're a different color. They speak a different language. They have a different name for the Creator. Whatever it is, that makes it okay for me to hate them, to try to get some of their land or some of their resources.
~ John Denver

* Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
-- Albert Einstein

* Real change comes when people are enabled to use their thinking and their energy in a new way, using a different system of thought, different language, and having fresh visions of the future.
-- Scilla Elworthy

* Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

* “Language is the archives of history”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A different language is a different vision of life.
~Federico Fellini

* Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
-- Herbie Hancock


Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

* Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born...
~ Aldous Huxley

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.
~ Aldous Huxley

Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
~ Aldous Huxley

* To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Language is the dress of thought.
~Samuel Johnson

* “Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”
-- Martin Luther King, Jr

* If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
-- Nelson Mandela

Our native language is like a second skin, so much a part of us we resist the idea that it is constantly changing, constantly being renewed.
-- Casey Miller

* The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
-– Maria Montessori

* I thought it was respectful to each country to sing in their language.
-- Nana Mouskouri

* "We are at a time in our country's history that inclusive language is better than exclusive language."
-- Barack Obama

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
--George Orwell

* I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.
-- Bertrand Russell

Language is the source of misunderstandings.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.”
-- Charles Scribner, Jr.

* Any classification according to a singular identity polarizes people in a particular way, but if we take note of the fact that we have many different identities - related not just to religion but also to language, occupation and business, politics, class and poverty, and many others - we can see that the polarization of one can be resisted by a fuller picture. So knowledge and understanding are extremely important to fight against singular polarization.
-- Amartya Sen

* You probably know that many of the world's plants and animals are in danger of extinction, but did you know that many human languages are in danger of becoming extinct, too? Globalization has helped to make the world a smaller place. But it has also contributed to the loss of many languages around the world. Every two weeks another language disappears forever! Once a language is lost, humanity loses a part of our rich heritage. Helping to preserve endangered languages is important to keep traditions alive.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Language helps form the limits of our reality.
-- Dale Spender

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
-- J. Michael Straczynski

* The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
-- Henry David Thoreau

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
-- Henry David Thoreau

* Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
-- Mark Twain

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
-- Gore Vidal

"There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others. We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it. We need to fulfill certain inner hungers: the need for happiness, for peace of mind -- for wisdom."
-- J. Donald Walters

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
-- William A. Ward

“Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground”
-- Noah Webster

* A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
-- Simone Weil

On the contrary a film can promote the idea of change without any political message whatsoever
but in its form and language can tell people that they can change their lives
and contribute to progressive changes in the world.
-- Wim Wenders

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”
-- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”
-- William Butler Yeats



Language Day - February 21

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