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.As a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellence with one tongue.

A countryman is as warm in fustian as a king in velvet, and a truth is as comfortable in homely language as in fine speech. As to the way of dishing up the meat, hungry men leave that to the cook, only let the meat be sweet and substantial.

A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is ignorant of his own.

Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth.

But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.

Felicity, not fluency of language, is a merit.

If the way in which men express their thoughts is slipshod and mean, it will be very difficult for their thoughts themselves to escape being the same. If it is high flown and bombastic, a character for national simplicity and truthfulness cannot long be maintained.

In the commerce of speech use only coin of gold and silver.

In the intercourse of the world people should not take words as so much genuine coin of standard metal, but merely as counters that people play with.

Language is a solemn thing: it grows out of life - out of its agonies and ecstasies, its wants and its weariness. - Every language is a temple in which the soul of those who speak it is enshrined.

Language is like amber in its efficacy to circulate the electric spirit of truth, it is also like amber in embalming and preserving the relics of ancient wisdom, although one is not seldom puzzled to decipher its contents. Sometimes it locks up truths which were once well known, but which, in the course of ages, have passed out of sight and been forgotten. In other cases it holds the germs of truths, of which, though they were never plainly discerned, the genius of its framers caught a glimpse in a happy moment of divination.

Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary-makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground.

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

Language is properly the servant of thought, but not unfrequently becomes its master. The conceptions of a feeble writer are greatly modified by his style; a man of vigorous powers makes his style bend to his conceptions - a fact compatible enough with the acknowledgment of Dryden, that a rhyme had often helped him to an idea.

Language is the amber in which a thousand precious thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning-flashes of genius, which, unless thus fixed and arrested, might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing as the lightning. Words convey the mental treasures of one period to the generations that follow; and laden with this, their precious freight, they sail safely across gulfs of time in which empires have suffered shipwreck, and the languages of common life have sunk into oblivion.

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

Language is the dress of thought.

Language most shows a man; speak that I may see thee; it springs out of the most retired and inmost part of us.

Language was given us that we might say pleasant things to each other.


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