Favorite Quotations ~  Language Artist's Way

"The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor." ~ Thomas Carlyle

Keith Haring

Language was invented because of the deep human need to complain. ~ Lily Tomlin

We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or explore. All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing. ~ Ellen Gilchrist

Words are the legs of the mind; they bear it about, carry It from point to point, bed it down at night, and keep it off the ground and out of the marsh and mists. ~ Richard Eder

Words are like planets, each with its own gravitational pull. ~ Kenneth Burke

We agree that language functions in a certain way so that we can understand each other; but within that are built all sorts of sentimental codes, codes of authenticity, codes of certain kinds of emotion. ~ John Yau, Poets & Writers, May/June 2002

Words and feathers are tossed by the wind. ~ English Proverb

Words are as recalcitrant as circus animals, and the unskilled trainer can crack his whip at them in vain. ~ Gerald Brenan

I find vocabulary to be a great drawback. ~ Elizabeth Taylor

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language. ~ James Earl Jones

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

There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything! ~ Maria Montessori

Tell me how much a nation knows about its own language, and I will tell you how much that nation knows about its own identity.~ John Ciardi

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