Quotes about Language

I heard Nelson Mandela’s quote about language a couple of times last week and it inspired to collect my favourite ones together and put them on the blog. Whether you’re working in the language industry, teaching languages, studying language or just here for fun we’re sure one of these will make you smile.

Which one’s your favourite? or do you have any more? let me know in the comments.

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

Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.

George Bernard Shaw

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.

Walt Disney

Language is wine upon the lips.

Virginia Woolf

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

George Orwell

Meow means woof in cat.

George Carlin

Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.

J.K. Rowling

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?

Melina Marchetta

Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.

Douglas Adams

Language is a virus from outer space

William S. Burroughs

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

Frank Smith

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.

Rita Mae Brown


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