English, once accepted as an international language, is no more secure than French has proved to be as the one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin has proved to be as the international language of science.
- Edward Sapir
When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience.
- David Antin
You never know what's going to happen. My mother was an English teacher. If someone had told her that I was going to write a book, she would never have believed that. So you can never say never.
- Tony Dungy
I grew up in South Africa and I would look at maps and we were at the bottom of the world. There was this whole thing up there. I was always reading encyclopedias about the world. So travel was something I was always attracted to.
- Charlize Theron
- Thomas Beecham
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I never had to learn English, French and German because I was brought up as all three languages. I had a private French teacher before I even went to school. That helped a lot.
- Karl Lagerfeld
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
- Oscar Wilde
The British are so funny.
- Rose Byrne
American movies are often very good at mining those great underlying myths that make films robustly travel across class, age, gender, culture.
- Tom Hooper
Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
- Vincent van Gogh
We need the children of Indonesia and the Philippines to manufacture our freedom of choice.
- Marc Maron
If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis
People love events - they love performances, they love music - and I think Australians are great entertainers.
- Cate Blanchett
Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He's the greatest playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly square.
- Alex Cox
English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.
- Abdul Kalam
The most terrifying words in the English language are: “I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”
- Ronald Reagan
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
- Walter Cronkite
Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave.
- Constantin Brancusi
There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.
- Anthony Trollope
I wanted to be an English teacher. I wanted to do it for the corduroy jackets with patches on the side. When I got to college, as I was walking across campus one day, I ripped off a little flyer for this sketch-comedy group. It ended up being one of the greatest things I've ever done.
- John Krasinski
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
- Maya Angelou
It's only when you are a great actor and are recognized for your good work that you become famous. Unless you are in the news for the wrong reasons!
- Christine Lahti
Put your faith in God and confidence in yourself.
- Alberta Hunter
Honesty does not always bring a response of love, but it is absolutely essential to it.
- Ray Blanton
Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.
- Gregory Peck
Experience is like a comb that life gives you when you are bald.
- Navjot Singh Sidhu
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
- Miguel De Cervantes
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love – and to put its trust in life.
- Joseph Conrad
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.
- William Feather
It is extraordinary that when you are acquainted with a whole family you can forget about them.
- Gertrude Stein
Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
- Miguel De Cervantes
As patients and consumers, we are better informed today about our health care than any previous generation.
- Patricia Hewitt
Language is like songs, like food, like dance-it is the expression of what we think.
- Holly Near
It's amazing when you're playing to a crowd who barely understands English but they're singing parts of your song back to you.
- Jason Derulo
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
How can you tell somebody whose is pursuing happiness that they're somehow not American when that was the very first promise that America made?
- Dan Savage
Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
- Arthur Koestler
English is taking over the world. I just wrote a piece about it. And it's not by design. The United States dominates because it's the biggest market.
- Norman Spinrad
In fact, it is amazing how much European films – Italian, French, German and English – have recovered a certain territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years.
- Wim Wenders
Funny is only something that others know about you – you can't be funny by yourself.
- Chris Rock
My parents are very funny when they have to deal with anything racy or off-color. They usually pretend they don't speak English.
- Margaret Cho
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
- Corrie Ten Boom
The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
- Bruce Springsteen
Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
- Judith Martin
Science is the international language, so when we are able to convince countries that good decision-making for human health and animal health is based upon science, that's a real success story for us.
- Mike Johanns
There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others.
- J. Donald Walters
Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.
- Octavio Paz
We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people - history has made us all South Africans.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
When our governments want to sell us a course of action, they do it by making sure it's the only thing on the agenda, the only thing everyone's talking about. And they pre-load the ensuing discussion with highly selected images, devious and prejudicial language, dubious linkages, weak or false ‘intelligence' and selected ‘leaks.'
- Brian Eno
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
A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual right and an essential condition for sustainable development, especially in developing countries.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation… discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience.
- Robert Morgan
Every country can be defined through their food, their music and their language. That's the soul of a country.
- Quincy Jones
I loved everything about Spain – the people, the language, and the food!
- Karlie Kloss
But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations. It is nearer to utterance than history.
- Thomas Lynch
I dropped out of high school when I was 16, after I had a huge argument with my English teacher over the meaning of the word "existentialism".
- Craig Ferguson
Poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.
- John Denham
No art form points like poetry to this originality of language as to its essential and abiding concern.
- Thomas Harrison