Languages Quotes

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“There's no such thing as dead languages, only dormant minds.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

P.G. Wodehouse
“Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French.”
P.G. Wodehouse, The Luck of the Bodkins

Jorge Luis Borges
“The dictionary is based on the hypothesis -- obviously an unproven one -- that languages are made up of equivalent synonyms.”
Jorge Luis Borges

Dejan Stojanovic
“Since there is no real silence,
Silence will contain all the sounds,
All the words, all the languages,
All knowledge, all memory.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Ambrose Bierce
“BELLADONNA, n. In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

George Bernard Shaw
“England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”
George Bernard Shaw

Olga Tokarczuk
“There are countries out there where people speak English. But not like us - we have our own languages hidden in our carry-on luggage, in our cosmetics bags, only ever using English when we travel, and then only in foreign countries, to foreign people. It's hard to imagine, but English is the real language! Oftentimes their only language. They don't have anything to fall back on or to turn to in moments of doubt. How lost they must feel in the world, where all instructions, all the lurics of all the stupidest possible songs, all the menus, all the excruciating pamphlets and brochures - even the buttons in the lift! - are in their private language. They may be understood by anuone at any moment, whenever they open their mouths. They must have to write things down in special codes. Wherever they are, people have unlimited access to them - they are accessible to everyone and everything! I heard there are plans in the works to get them some little language of their own, one of those dead ones no one else is using anyway, just so that for once they can have something just for them.”
Olga Tokarczuk, Flights

Roger Bacon
“The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.”
Roger Bacon, The Opus Majus of Roger Bacon: Volume 1

Robin Wall Kimmerer
“Philosophers call this state of isolation and disconnection “species loneliness”—a deep, unnamed sadness stemming from estrangement from the rest of Creation, from the loss of relationship. As our human dominance of the world has grown, we have become more isolated, more lonely when we can no longer call out to our neighbors. It’s no wonder that naming was the first job the Creator gave Nanabozho.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

“The language of light can only be decoded by the heart.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Charles V
“To God I speak Spanish, to women Italian, to men French, and to my horse - German.”
Emperor Charles V

Vera Nazarian
“Each letter of the alphabet is a steadfast loyal soldier in a great army of words, sentences, paragraphs, and stories. One letter falls, and the entire language falters.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Christopher Hitchens
Which natural gift would you most like to possess? The ability to master other languages (which would have hugely enhanced the scope of these answers).
How would you like to die? Fully conscious, and either fighting or reciting (or fooling around).
What do you most dislike about your appearance? The way in which it makes former admirers search for neutral words.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

“But I can't translate it the right way, that's why I always use so many languages around you, because there're some things that simply can't translate, that are beautiful when you read them the original way.”
DarknessAndLight, I Sold Myself To The Devil For Vinyls... Pitiful I Know

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Anyone that doesn't know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

Ryszard Kapuściński
“Pojąłem, że każdy świat ma własną tajemnicę i że dostęp do niej jest tylko na drodze poznania języka. <...> Rozumiałem, że im więcej będę znał słów, tym bogatszy, pełniejszy i bardziej różnorodny świat otworzy się przede mną.”
Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus

Dejan Stojanovic
“Different languages, the same thoughts; servant to thoughts and their masters.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Widad Akreyi
“Languages connect us and break down barriers when we unite to nurture the best in us and help each other succeed. Happy International Mother Language Day!”
Widad Akreyi

Umberto Eco
“Über die deutsche Sprache: „Sie halten sich für tief, weil ihre Sprache unklar ist, ihr fehlt die clarté der französischen Sprache, sie sagt nie exakt das, was sie sollte, so dass kein Deutscher jemals weiß, was er sagen wollte – und dann verwechselt er diese Undeutlichkeit mit Tiefe. Es ist mit Deutschen wie mit Frauen, man gelangt bei ihnen nie auf den Grund”
Umberto Eco, Il cimitero di Praga

Alex Morritt
“In the absence of a formally agreed, worldwide dictionary definition of 'Quotography' (in 2016), here are my two cents worth: 'Quotography is the art of pairing unique quotations with complementary images in order to express thought-provoking ideas, challenging concepts, profound sentiments'.”
Alex Morritt, Lines & Lenses

Iain Pears
“Do you wish to speak in Provençal, French, or Latin? They are all I can manage, I'm afraid."

"Any will do," the rabbi replied in Provençal.

"Splendid. Latin it is," said Pope Clement.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

Brandon Sanderson
“Vin paused. "And you have all of these religions memorized?"
"As much as is possible," Sazed said. "Their prayers, their beliefs, their mythologies. Many are very similar -- break-offs or sects of one another."
"Even still, how can you remember all of that?"
"I have...methods," Sazed said.
"But, what's the point?"
Sazed frowned. "The answer should be obvious, I think. People are valuable, Mistress Vin, and so--therefore--are their beliefs.”
Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn: The Final Empire

Xiaolu Guo
“English words made only from twenty-six characters? Are English a bit lazy or what? We have fifty thousand characters in Chinese.”
Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

Suman Pokhrel
“Before getting translated, a poem already gets shrunk or expanded within the ‘sphere of intellect’ of the translator in the original language, and it again gets shrunk or expanded within the ‘sphere of intellect’ of the translator in the target language.”
Suman Pokhrel

A.D. Aliwat
“New York was like the internet before the internet. A densely populated, hectic, ever-evolving place that’s always on, that you extract yourself from in order to rest, to catch your breath, and will be there in full force when you’re ready for it again. The city that never sleeps. Interconnected in a grand plexus by a series of subnetworks and subsystems. Shiny parts and seedy parts. Covered in ads, understated and overstated. Multicultural. Everybody’s here, every language is spoken. The anonymous mistaken for the rude: people here get away with saying how they feel, speaking their truths.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Hallgrímur Helgason
“Am ajuns sa vorbesc si alte limbi destul de bine, dar putine au solemnitatea islandezei, pentru ca sunt concepute pentru uz zilnic. Germana mi se pare cea mai putin pretentioasa limba, iar vorbitorii ei o folosesc precum isi foloseste tamplarul ciocanul: isi construiesc cu ea o casa pentru ganduri, fara vreo consideratie pentru estetic. In afara de rusa, italiana este cea mai frumoasa limba din lume, care transforma pe oricine intr-un imparat. Franceza este un sos gustor pe care francezii vor sa-l savureze cat mai mult posibil, iata de ce vorbesc in cercuri, mestecand fiecare cuvant, motiv pentru care deseori le curge sosul pe la coltul gurii. Daneza e o limba cu care danezilor le e rusine. Vor sa scape de ea cat mai repede, de-asta isi scuipa cuvintele. Olandeza e o limba guturala care a inghitit alte doua. Suedeza se crede franceza Nordului, iar suedezii fac tot posibilul sa-i dea gust plescaind din buze. Norvegiana e rezultatul incercarilor unui popor intreg de a nu vorbi daneza. Engleza nu mai e o limba, ci un fenomen universal ca soarele si oxigenul. Cat despre spaniola, e o pervertire aparte a limbii latine, care a aparut pe lume cand poporul a incercat sa se adapteze defectului de vorbire al unui rege, si totusi e limba pe care am invatat-o cel mai bine.”
Hallgrímur Helgason, Woman at 1,000 Degrees

Hallgrímur Helgason
“A trebuit sa ma multumesc cu a mi se spune Erra, caci atunci cand zeul limbii le-a dat francezilor alfabetul, litera h a ramas incuiata in biblioteca, iar francezii sufera de pe urma acestei pierderi si azi. Pentru ei, heroian e eroina, iar hotelul e otel.”
Hallgrímur Helgason, Woman at 1,000 Degrees

Semezdin Mehmedinović
“Once, long ago, there was a world in which we called different languages "ours".”
Semezdin Mehmedinović, My Heart

Karl Kristian Flores
“The fastest way to learn a language is to tell the truth.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

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