Languages And Culture Quotes

Quotes tagged as "languages-and-culture" (showing 1-27 of 27)
Grant Morrison
“Ah, I feel a sadness on me, Dane. That's how the Irish people say it. In their language, you can't say, "I am sad," or "I am happy". They understood what we English have long forgot. We're not our sadness. We're not our happiness or our pain but our language hypnotizes us and traps us in little labelled boxes.”
Grant Morrison, The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution

Anton Chekhov
“The geniuses of all ages and of all lands speak different languages but the same flame burns in them all. Oh, if you only knew what unearthly happiness my soul feels now from being able to understand them.”
Anton Chekhov, The Bet and Other Stories

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

Jim Butcher
“Kitai blinked slowly. "Why would you use the same word for these things? That is ridiculous."
"We have a lot of words like that," Tavi said. "They can mean more than one thing."
"That is stupid," Kitai said. "It is difficult enough to communicate without making it more complicated with words that mean more than one thing.”
Jim Butcher, Academ's Fury

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Chi non conosce le lingue straniere non conosce nulla della propria.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

J. Derrick McClure
“The Scots language is a mark of the distinctive identity of the Scottish people; and as such we should be concerned to preserve it, even if there were no other reason, because it is ours. This statement requires neither explanation nor apology.”
J.Derrick McClure, Why Scots Matters

“Language by its very nature is naive,we make it complex and naughty. We make it look and sound like what it is not.”
Nahiyan bin Asadullah

Pankaj Gupta
“The way people want to get respect for their culture and language, it is critical to reciprocate the same to other else you don't have any right to condemn others.”
Pankaj Gupta

Ryszard Kapuściński
“Cada una de las lenguas europeas es rica, solo que su riqueza no se manifiesta sino en la descripción de su propia cultura, en la representación de su propio mundo. Sin embargo, cuando se intenta entrar en territorio de otra cultura, y describirla, la lengua desvela sus límites, su subdesarrollo, su impotencia semántica.”
Ryszard Kapuściński, The Shadow of the Sun

“A man's most vivid emotional and sensuous experience is inevitably bound up with the language that he actually speaks. (New Bearings in English Poetry)”
F R Leavis

Trevor Noah
“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.”
Trevor Noah, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Irène Némirovsky
“Nu limba, legile, obiceiurile sau principiile despart sau unesc ființele, ci felul identic în care țin cuțitul și furculița.”
Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française

Chris Campanioni
“Adiós. A Dios. To God. From God. De Dios. Dedos. My fingers waving. Good-bye.”
Chris Campanioni, Going Down

“The totality of utterances that can be made in a speech community is the language of that speech community.”
Leonard Bloomfield, An introduction to the study of language

Abhijit Naskar
“If Bengali is my mother, then English is my father and friend.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Abhijit Naskar
“English is the language through which I reach hearts from various corners of the world. English is the language through which I flirt with my species. English is the language through which I make my species think.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

“Bu keyi, Cannot. It was one of the first Mandarin phrases I learned, and it is the phrase of choice for all things forbidden, out of bounds, not possible, or otherwise not allowed. Its meaning seems to vacillate with circumstances: sometimes bu keyi means no, sometimes it suggests maybe, and sometimes it even hints at yes.”
Deborah Fallows, Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China

“I didn’t bring you up to speak as if your mouth were filled with sewage.”
Diane Samuels, Kindertransport: A Drama

Hank Bracker
“Is It True?
English is a really a form of Plattdeutsch or Lowland German, the way it was spoken during the 5th century. It all happened when Germanic invaders crossed the English Channel and the North Sea from northwest Germany, Denmark and Scandinavia to what is now Scotland or Anglo Saxon better identified as Anglo-Celtic. English was also influenced by the conquering Normans who came from what is now France and whose language was Old Norman, which became Anglo-Norman.
Christianity solidified the English language, when the King James Version of the Bible was repetitively transcribed by diligent Catholic monks. Old English was very complex, where nouns had three genders with der, die and das denoting the male, female and neuter genders. Oh yes, it also had strong and weak verbs, little understood and most often ignored by the masses.
In Germany these grammatical rules survive to this day, whereas in Britain the rules became simplified and der, die and das became da, later refined to the article the! It is interesting where our words came from, many of which can be traced to their early roots. “History” started out as his story and when a “Brontosaurus Steak” was offered to a cave man, he uttered me eat! Which has now become meat and of course, when our cave man ventured to the beach and asked his friend if he saw any food, the friend replied “me see food,” referring to the multitude of fish or seafood! Most English swear words, which Goodreads will definitely not allow me to write, are also of early Anglo-Saxon origin. Either way they obeyed their king to multiply and had a fling, with the result being that we now have 7.6 Billion people on Earth.”
Captain Hank Bracker, "Seawater One...."

Glenn Diaz
“Learning English was like lifting a veil, one which would be, he'd learn, impossible to fully restore.”
Glenn Diaz, The Quiet Ones

Glenn Diaz
“At hearing the news, he unsuccessfully tried to stop himself from being happy. He wondered how it happened that his average grades and middling job experience were somehow deemed weightier than genuine life skills--Renato's naked ambition, Angela's people skills, Vincent's quick thinking, Imaculada's grit--only because he articulated them better, just because he had the English nouns and verbs, the necessary tongue and lip placements, to say, 'I have made these myself. Listen.”
Glenn Diaz, The Quiet Ones

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

Douglas R. Hofstadter
“If words were nuts and bolts, people could make any bolt fit into any nut: they'd just squish the one into the other, as in some surrealistic painting where everything goes soft. Language, in human hands, becomes almost like a fluid, despite the coarse grain of its components.”
Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Paul Watkins
“The woman smiles and says, "Hey," the standard Norwegian greeting.
I "Hey" back, but then she says a whole sentence and I am force to explain, in English, that I have no idea what she is saying. I feel like a fraud, and I see a change in the focus of her eyes. I am a stranger, and even if I am no less welcome, I am still a stranger.”
Paul Watkins, The Fellowship of Ghosts: A Journey Through the Mountains of Norway

Abhijit Naskar
“Mother nature gave us words to use them as a bridge among each other and advance together, but the humans with their ridiculous stupidity and shallow intellect have used those very words to create walls, blinded by their barbarian tribalism masquerading as pompous ideologies.”
Abhijit Naskar, Saint of The Sapiens

Lisa Halliday
“The word for bank is the same, but the word for money changer is not, and while I have never learned the etymology behind this minor asymmetry I can imagine it represents centuries of cultural and ideological dissidence.”
Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry

Ricardo Cruz Leal
“What I want you to understand is that the words that our schools, our government, our media, our colleagues, and our family use have a profound effect on how you think and feel about life. The words that you learn, and then use to speak and think with, are molding your reality. Your vernacular creates your visual representation of the world, and the language you think with essentially creates your experienced reality.”
Ricardo Cruz Leal, Raw, Naked & Fearless: 11 Principles for Living Your Greatest Life