Language

“Our language is funny – a ‘fat chance’ and a ‘slim chance’ are the same things.” J. Gustav White

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

“If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.” Doug Larson
“Why do we have noses that run and feet that smell?” Author Unknown

“English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway.” Author Unknown

“The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.” G. K. Chesterton

“Lymph, v.: to walk with a lisp.”

“I like the word ‘indolence.’ It makes my laziness seem classy.” Bern Williams

“The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘check enclosed.’” Dorothy Parker

“The quantity of consonants in the English language is constant. If omitted in one place, they turn up in another. When a Bostonian ‘pahks’ his ‘cah,’ the lost ‘r’s migrate southwest, causing a Texan to ‘warsh’ his car and invest in ‘erl wells.’” Author Unknown

“‘I am’ is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that ‘I do’ is the longest sentence?” George Carlin

“Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, ‘I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language. This isn’t a kindergarten for amateur writers.’” Author Unknown

“The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.” Dorothy L. Sayers

“What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback. Don’t forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication.” Author Unknown

“English grammar is so complex and confusing for the one very simple reason that its rules and terminology are based on Latin, a language with which it has precious little in common.” Bill Bryson

“Making English grammar conform to Latin rules is like asking people to play baseball using the rules of football.” Bill Bryson

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Ronald Reagan

“In my sentences, I go where no man has gone before… I am a boon to the English language.” George W. Bush

“Introducing ‘Lite’ – The new way to spell ‘Light’, but with twenty percent fewer letters.” Jerry Seinfeld

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” George Bernard Shaw

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

“When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, I think any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.” Henry David Thoreau

“I speak two languages: Body and English.” Mae West

“Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.” H. L. Mencken

“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Learn a language, and you’ll avoid a war. – Arab Proverb

Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery. – Amy Chua

Language comes first. It’s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious. – Alan Moore

It is astonishing how much enjoyment one can get out of a language that one understands imperfectly. — Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve

Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about. – Benjamin Lee Whorf

To have another language is to possess a second soul. ‒ Charlemagne

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. – Chinese Proverb

To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world. – Chinese Proverb

You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once. ‒ Czech Proverb

Learn a new language and get a new soul. – Czech Proverb

With languages, you are at home anywhere. – Edward De Waal

I love commuting between languages just like I love commuting between cultures and cities. – Elif Safak

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

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things. ‒ Flora Lewis

Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language. ‒ Frank Smith

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. ‒ Frank Smith

Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language. ‒Frank Smith

A man who knows two languages is worth two men. ‒ French Proverb

A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language. ‒ Gaston Bachelard

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two. ‒ Geoffrey Willans

A foreign language is like a frail, delicate muscle. If you do not use it, it weakens. – Jhumpa Lahiri

He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own. ‒ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The most intimate temper of a people, its deepest soul, is above all in its language. – Jules Michelet

Change your language and you change your thoughts. ‒ Karl Albrecht

We should learn languages because language is the only thing worth knowing even poorly. – Kató Lomb

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. ‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein