Native Tongue Quotes

Quotes tagged as "native-tongue" (showing 1-6 of 6)
Jodi Picoult
“She suddenly remembered studying the brain in science class- how a steel rod pierced a man's skull, and he opened his mouth to speak Portuguese, a language he'd never studied. Maybe it would be like this, now, for Josie. Maybe her native tongue, from here on in, would be a string of lies.”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

David Sedaris
“Back in New York I took full advantage of my status as a native speaker. I ran my mouth to shop clerks and listened in on private conversations, realising I’d gone an entire month without hearing anyone complaint that they were “stressed out”.”
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

“the voice taunted, and threatened:
"you are afraid, unhappy, dissatisfied, what if…."
but I knew, this was not His language for motivating my heart,
so I waited quietly to hear my Father's native tongue,
"I love, I am satisfied, I trust, this is the way..." - and I moved.”
Kate Mullane Robertson

“A strong tie binds novelists to their mother tongue. Though novelists can and do write in languages other than their own, there is a common belief that a novel has a special, almost mystical affinity with the novelist's mother tongue.”
Minae Mizumura, The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Alexander McCall Smith
“To lose your own language was like forgetting your mother, and as sad, in a way.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The Full Cupboard of Life