25 Fun Language Quotes and Sayings

kenneth parnell ·

Language cry's out for good quotes about it, especially since the subject is a natural for writers and poets and polyglots alike. 

So without further ado we present our favorite and funnest Quotes and Saying about language to you.

“We breathe in our first language, and swim in our second.”
― Adam Gopnik

“Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.”
― Rita Mae Brown


“It is hard indeed to notice anything for which the languages available to us have no description.”
― Alan W. Watts

“Latin is already a dead language, man... don't make it any deader.”
― Jerry Scott

Quotes about learning languages

“Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.”
― Ezra Pound

 "Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation".
--- Noam Chomsky

"To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost --that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization --is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization".
Victor Hugo

The more deeply language is probed, the more traces it reveals of the beings that produce it.
Michael Levin

I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. Jane Wagner


How languages evolve - Alex Gendler


Language was invented for one reason, boys -- to woo women.

N. H. Kleinbaum

Pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.

Muriel Barebery

I like you; your eyes are full of language.

Anne Sexton

Fie, fie upon her!
There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip,
Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out
At every joint and motive of her body.

William Shakespeare

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Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. ~Carl Sandburg

Learn a new language and get a new soul. ~Czech Proverb

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
George Orwell

 Entertaining video on History of English in Ten Minutes

There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
Elias Canetti

We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.
Henry David Thoreau

 What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language. Miuccia Prada

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. Henry James

"Language is a more recent technology. Your body language, your eyes, your energy will come through to your audience before you even start speaking."

Peter Guber

"Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children." Michael Gove