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People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.

To have another language is to possess a second soul.
Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
Language is the Rubicon that divides man from beast.
To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
There is no such thing as the Queen's English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!
We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.
Language is the pedigree of nations.
The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
If you don't do it with excellence, don't do it at all! Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it.
Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
An ordinary man away from home giving advice.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

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