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Quotes for: Language

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our mind by means of our language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations / 

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our mind by means of our language.

The language of truth is simple.
Seneca - Epistulae morales ad Lucilium / 

Action is the language of the body and should harmonize with the spirit within.
Marcus Tullius Cicero - De oratore / 

Language is a source of misunderstanding.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince / 

The meaning of a word is its use in the language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations / 

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau - A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / 

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 / 

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain / 

Language is the house of the truth of Being.
Martin Heidegger / 

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Tractatus Logico-philosophicus / 

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

The spirit of a language reveals itself most clearly in its untranslatable words.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach / 

He who does not know any foreign languages does not know anything about his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / 

An entire mythology is stored within our language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein / 

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 - Course in General Linguistics / 

Is it not peculiar that a literal translation is almost always a terrible one? And yet, anything can be translated well. One sees here what it really means to understand fully a language; it means to understand fully the people who speak it.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg / 

What expresses itself in language, we cannot express by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Tractatus Logico-philosophicus / 

Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
Ludwig Wittgenstein / 

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
George Orwell - Politics and the English Language / 

Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations / 

In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language.
Henry David Thoreau - The Service / 

If a lion could talk, we would not understand him.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Journal / 

If a lion could talk, we would not understand him.

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However well equipped our language, it can never be forearmed against all possible cases that may arise and call for description: fact is richer than diction.
John Langshaw Austin / 

There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture.
William Shakespeare

The accent of a man’s native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech.
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims / 

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
Niels Bohr

The poet consecrates himself to and consumes himself in the task of defining and constructing a language within the language.
Paul Valéry / 

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.
George Orwell - Politics and the English Language / 

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

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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