Popular Quotes and Sayings about Language

I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out. ~Steven Wright

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. ~Robert Benchley

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on. ~Robert Byrne

A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat. ~P. J. O%27Rourke

Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose. ~Anonymous

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. ~Sir Winston Churchill

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. ~Rita Mae Brown

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. ~John Maynard Keynes

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. ~Abigail Adams

Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others. ~Baltasar Gracian

Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused. ~King Charles I

Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad. ~Thomas Paine

Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. ~Bible

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. ~William Butler Yeats

Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long. ~Miguel de Cervantes

Set all things in their own peculiar place, and know that order is the greatest grace. ~John Dryden

Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting. ~Maxims of Ptahhotep

It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy. ~Hesiod

Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in a few words. ~Aprocrypha

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse. ~Francis Quarles

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood. ~William Penn

Deeds, not words shall speak me. ~John Fletcher

Use soft words and hard arguments. ~English Proverb

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. ~Charlotte Bronte

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. ~Ingrid Bengis

When you are not physically starving, you have the luxury to realize psychic and emotional starvation. ~Cherrie Moraga

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met. ~Abraham Lincoln

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. ~Lily Tomlin

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Never let your inferiors do you a favor - it will be extremely costly. ~H. L. Mencken

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so. ~Bertrand Russell

Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one. ~Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters. ~Samuel Johnson

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things. ~Herman Melville

A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure. ~Segal%27s Law

A motion to adjourn is always in order. ~Robert Heinlein

Grasp the subject, the words will follow. ~Cato the Elder