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To have another language is to possess a second soul.

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Language is the dress of thought.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
The language of truth is simple.
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.
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.
The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.
Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
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.
The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
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
The significance of language for the evolution of culture lies in this, that mankind set up in language a separate world beside the other world, a place it took to be so firmly set that, standing upon it, it could lift the rest of the world off its hinges and make itself master of it. To the extent that man has for long ages believed in the concepts and names of things as in aeternae veritates he has appropriated to himself that pride by which he raised himself above the animal: he really thought that in language he possessed knowledge of the world.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
Language is the archives of history.
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
Language is a virus from outer space.
Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing.
Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible
We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
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.
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
It was Greek to me.
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.
I wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone is using theirs?
Man, even man debased by the neocapitalism and pseudosocialism of our time, is a marvelous being because he sometimes speaks. Language is the mark, the sign, not of his fall but of his original innocence. Through the Word we may regain the lost kingdom and recover powers we possessed in the far-distant past.
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.
Language is the Rubicon that divides man from beast.
Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraints --the rules that run us. Language is using us to talk --we think we're using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we're its slavish agents.
No literature is complete until the language it was written in is dead.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.