Quotes about language

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”
Ludwig WittgensteinThe limits of my language are the limits of my world.

“One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages open every door along the way.”
Frank Smith

“A different language is a different vision of life.”
Federico Fellini

“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“A man who knows two languages is worth two men.”
French Proverb

“You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once.”
Czech proverb

“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.”
Roger Bacon

“One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people.”
Turkish Proverb

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
Flora Lewis

“A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.”
Gaston Bachelard

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Nelson Mandela

“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift.  Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club -the community of speakers of that language.”
Frank Smith

“Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.”
Dave Barry

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”
Sarah Caldwell

“…the only normal way to begin speaking in a new language is to begin speaking badly!!”
Greg and Angela Thomson

“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“I know how to say ‘no’ in twelve languages. That’s enough for a woman.” Sophia Loren“I know how to say ‘no’ in twelve languages. That’s enough for a woman.”
Sophia Loren

“Learning languages is like learning history from the inside out. It encompasses the battles of ethnicity, religion, compromise, politics. So much can be learned from language because it’s been shaped by history. “
David Webb

“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
George Orwell

“In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.”
Mark Twain

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.”
George Bernard Shaw

“We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.”
Oscar Wilde

“We need a president who’s fluent in at least one language.”
Buck Henry

“Do Not Disturb” signs should be written in the language of the hotel maids.”
Tim Bedore

“The tongue is the only muscle in the human body that never gets tired [talking].” Evan Esar“The tongue is the only muscle in the human body that never gets tired [talking].”
Evan Esar

“He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.”
Abraham Lincoln

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

“Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.”
William Penn

“Perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most astonishing.”
Lytton Strachey

“A people’s speech is the skin of its culture.”
Max Lerner

“If you will scoff at language study how, save in terms of language, will you scoff?”
Mario Pei

“Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.”
Coleridge

“You acquire a language most readily in the country where it is spoken; you study mineralogy best among miners; and so with everything else.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If your foot slips, you may recover your balance, but if your tongue slips, you cannot recall your words.”
Martin Vanbee

"We all smile in the same language"“We all smile in the same language”

“In human relations a little language goes farther than a little of almost anything else. Whereas, one language now often makes a wall, two can make a gate.”
Walter V. Kaulfers

“Because everyone uses language to talk, everyone thinks he can talk about language.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Language is the road map of a culture.  It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
Rita Mae Brown

“Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.”
Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.”
Geoffrey Willans

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
Charlemagne