Quotes of Dialect

“ Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ”

- Henry James

“ Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang. ”

- Anthony Burgess

“ Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. ”

- Robert Benchley

“ Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Poetry is the language of feeling. ”

- W. Winter

“ Tears are the noble language of eye;And when true love of words is destitute,The eyes by tears speak, while the tongue is mute. ”

- Robert Herrick

“ The deeper the sorrow the less the tongue has it. ”

- Talmud

“ The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense. ”

- Benjamin Franklin

“ You taught me language; and my profit on'tIs, I know how to curse. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. ”

- George Orwell

“ Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such. ”

- Ferdinand De Saussure

“ Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel. ”

- Thomas Hardy

“ Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all. ”

- Walt Whitman

“ I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born. ”

- Emily Carr

“ A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection — not an invitation for hypnosis. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. ”

- T.S. Eliot

“ Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms. ”

- Penelope Lively

“ Now if we allow our living language to die out, it is almost a certainty that we condemn our literary records to remain in obscurity. ”

- Douglas Hyde

“ Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. ”

- George Orwell

“ I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage. ”

- Paul Keating

“ Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body. ”

- Martha Graham

“ If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. ”

- Doug Larson

“ Writ in the climate of heaven, in the language spoken by angels. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ There are many different voice and languages; but there is but one voice of the peoples when you are declared to be the true "Father of your country. ”

- Marcus Valerius Martial

“ Any psychology of sign systems will be part of social psychology - that is to say, will be exclusively social; it will involve the same psychology as is applicable in the case of languages. ”

- Ferdinand De Saussure
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