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Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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The language of truth is simple.”
Seneca - Epistulae morales ad Lucilium
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The meaning of a word is its use in the language.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations
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Language serves not only to express thoughts, but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it.”
Bertrand Russell - Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits
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The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Tractatus Logico-philosophicus
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Language is a source of misunderstanding.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince
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The spirit of a language reveals itself most clearly in its untranslatable words.”
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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He who does not know any foreign languages does not know anything about his own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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An entire mythology is stored within our language.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Language can also be compared with a sheet of paper: thought is the front and the sound the back; one cannot cut the front with out cutting the back at the same time; likewise in language, one can neither divide sound from thought nor thought from sound;”
Ferdinand de Saussure
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The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”
Henry David Thoreau
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Language is the house of the truth of Being.”
Martin Heidegger
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Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language.”
Henry David Thoreau
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The poet consecrates himself to and consumes himself in the task of defining and constructing a language within the language.”
Paul Valéry
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Which was the most necessary, society already formed to invent languages, or languages already invented to form society?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men
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Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
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Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law.”
Ferdinand de Saussure - Course in General Linguistics
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History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.”
Theodor W. Adorno
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Language is a system whose parts can and must all be considered in their synchronic solidarity.”
Ferdinand de Saussure - Course in General Linguistics
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True and False are attributes of speech, not of things. And where speech is not, there is neither Truth nor Falsehood.”
Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan
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A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.”
Gaston Bachelard
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Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.”
Gaston Bachelard
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