Quotes about Language

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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.

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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.
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Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
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England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
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Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
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Language is wine upon the lips.
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But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
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Meow means woof in cat.
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Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.
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The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
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Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?
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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.
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Language is a virus from outer space
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One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
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Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
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Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.