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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

Natasha Pulley
“But Spanish and English aren't different languages, only extreme dialects of Latin. It's almost possible to translate word for word. Translation from a language unrelated to English is nothing to do with equivalent words. Whenever I'd tried to do that in Chinese I'd come out with unbroken nonsense. I had to forget the English, hang the meaning up in a well-lit gallery, stare at it hard, then describe it afresh.”
Natasha Pulley, The Bedlam Stacks

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

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

Alice Munro
“Kay and Beverly were a disappointment to me. They worked hard at Modern Languages, but their conversation and preoccupations seemed hardly different from those of girls who might work in banks or offices.”
Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

J.R.R. Tolkien
“It was just as the 1914 War burst on me that I made the discovery that "legends" depend on the language to which they belong; but a living language depends equally on the "legends" which it conveys by tradition. (For example, that the Greek mythology depends far more on the marvellous aesthetic of its language and so of its nomenclature of persons and places and less on its content than people realize, though of course it depends on both. And vice versa. Volapuk, Esperanto, Ido, Novial, &C. are dead, for deader than ancient unused languages, because their authors never invented any Esperanto legends.). (letter 180)”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

Laurence Overmire
“Animals are forever true to their God-given natures, communicating well enough with canny precision in languages we are perhaps too arrogant to understand.”
Laurence Overmire, Report from X-Star 10

“It's when you're English that you're always tense.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Samuel R. Delany
“Who am I talking to other than myself here? Someone I hope who at least knows my languages.”
Samuel R. Delany, The Atheist in the Attic

“While English is an international language, the Art language is the universal one.”
Sabina Hassan

Lauren Willig
“When Richard created the Purple Gentian, the talent for ancient languages that had stunned his schoolmasters at Eton had come to his aid once again. While Sir Percy had pretended to be a fop, Richard bored the French into complacency with long lectures about antiquity. When Frenchmen demanded to know what he was doing in France, and Englishmen reproached him for fraternising with the enemy, Richard opened his eyes wide and proclaimed, ‘But a scholar is a citizen of the world!’ Then he quoted Greek at them. They usually didn’t ask again. Even Gaston Delaroche, the Assistant Minister of Police, who had sworn in blood to be avenged on the Purple Gentian and had the tenacity of…well, of Richard’s mother, had stopped snooping around Richard after being subjected to two particularly knotty passages from the Odyssey.”
Lauren Willig, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

“Orcen vocabulary was not particularly large or sophisticated. They did not have a word for patience, for example. Their closest equivalent was the word “B’arrr’Kek” which meant, literally, ‘to delay violence due to inconvenient circumstances.”
Steve Wetherell, The Totally Legend of Brandon Thighmaster: An Authors and Dragons Tale

Michelle Moran
“What does she need with architecture?”
“The same thing my mother needed with eight languages,” I replied boldly. “She commanded the best diplomats in the world, but she refused to leave anything to someone else that she could do better herself.”
Michelle Moran, Cleopatra's Daughter

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