25 Interesting Language Quotes

Language is wine upon the lips.
Virginia Woolf     

Language is a virus from outer space.

William S. Burroughs


When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
Niels Bohr


Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

Jimmy Carter


It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.

Franklin P. Jones



To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.

Charles Baudelaire


Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.

Cesar Chavez


An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.

Henri Matisse


“Meow” means “woof” in cat.” 

George Carlin



Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.

JK Rowling


"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."
‒Chinese Proverb


If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” 

George Orwell, in the book 1984


The current business model for language education is the student pays — in particular, the student pays Rosetta Stone $500. The problem with this business model is that 95 percent of the world’s population doesn't have $500.

Luis von Ahn

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein


"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two."

Geoffrey Willans


“LOL does not mean laughing out loud anymore. It's evolved into something that is much subtler.” 

John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!




"Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Reality changes words far more than words can ever change reality.” 
Mark Forsyth: What's a snollygoster?


"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."

Rita Mae Brown


“From the moment of birth, babies cry in the accent of their mother’s native language.

Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born


Every time you discuss the future [in English], grammatically you're forced to cleave that from the present and treat it as if it's something viscerally different. 

Keith Chen


“Nobody believes me when I say that my long book is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real. But it is true.”

J.R.R. Tolkien


“Humor is a universal language.”

Joel Goodman


“No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality. The worlds in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached.”

Amy Tan