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"The four most expensive words in the English language are, 'This time it's different.'" - John Templeton

"These men of many nations must be taught American ways, the English language, and the right way to live." - Henry Ford

"The English language is nobody's special property." - Derek Walcott

"English is not my first language." - Zhu Zhu

"We agreed that people are now afraid of the English language. He [T.S. Eliot] said it came of being bookish, but not reading books enough. One should read all styles thoroughly." - Virginia Woolf

"The most important word in the English language is hope." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Regret; The saddest word in the English language." - Tonya Hurley

"English is my second language. Laughter is my first." - Paul Krassner

"English is the easiest language to speak badly." - George Bernard Shaw

"American is a very difficult language mixed with English." - Anonymous

"If only...the saddest words in the English language." - Kristan Higgins

"English is a stretch language; one size fits all." - William Safire

"Duty is the sublimest work in the English language." - Robert E Lee

"English, our common language, binds our diverse people." - S I Hayakawa

"I have learnt to appreciate the clarity of English language." - Erich Fromm

"The English language is not always the President's friend." - George Will

"He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." - Edward R Murrow

"They had nothing in common but the English language." - E M Forster

"I was also in love with the English language." - Dick Schaap

"I'm keen on making English language movies. English is still the global language and we can't change that." - Bruno Zheng Wu

"English, no longer, an English language, now grows from many roots." - Salman Rushdie

"English should be our official language. Reading and speaking English are requirements to become a citizen." - Ernest Istook

"English poetry begins whenever we decide to say the modern English language begins, and it extends as far as we decide to say that the English language extends." - James Fenton

"There is the English language and then there's the Trump language." - David Brooks

"Sign language is my first language. English and Spanish are my second languages. I learned Spanish from my grandparents, sign language from my parents, and English from television." - Jack Jason

"Somebody said to me that I speak English almost like somebody for whom English is not their first language." - Christopher Walken

"I've made a dog's breakfast of English history, geography, 'King Lear,' and the English language in general." - Christopher Moore

"Gore speaks to America as if English is its second language; George W. speaks as if English is his second language." - Adam Clymer

"Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language." - William Bennett

"Bad English was the second language of Israel and bad Hebrew, of course, remained the national language." - George Mikes

"The language of God is not English or Latin; the language of God is cellular and molecular." - Timothy Leary

"However virile the English language may be, it can never become the language of the masses of India." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Christmas and the New Year are actually two holidays. So there is a plural, which in the English language, necessitates the use of 's.' I suppose you could say 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy New Year,' but you probably have sh*t to do." - Jon Stewart

"There is a newly coined word in the English language for the moment when the person we're with whips out their BlackBerry or answers that cell phone, and all of a sudden we don't exist. The word is 'pizzled': it's a combination of puzzled and pissed off." - Daniel Goleman

"FEAR is an acronym in the English language for 'False Evidence Appearing Real'." - Neale Donald Walsch

"Richard Burton had a tremendous passion for the English language, especially the spoken and written word" - Frank Bough

"The four most powerful words in the English language - please, thanks, sorry and why." - Wendy Alexander

"Oh, God, I don't know what's more difficult, life or the English language." - Jonathan Ames

"My least favorite phrase in the English language is "I don't care." - James Caan

"Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language." - Raymond Williams

"Christopher Hitchens is the greatest living essayist in the English language." - Christopher Buckley

"Is calling English our national language racist? Are we at that point?" - Tucker Carlson

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

"The two most beautiful words in the English language are: Check Enclosed." - Dorothy Parker

"Ennui is a growth of English root, though nameless in our language." - Lord Byron

"The most important words in the English language are not 'I love you' but 'it's benign.'" - Woody Allen

"The American idiom has much to offer us that the English language has never heard of" - William Carlos Williams

"The English language is more complex than calculus because numbers don't have nuances." - Andy Rooney

"Every American child should grow up knowing a second language, preferably English." - Mignon Mclaughlin

"I think yes is the most beautiful and necessary word in the English language." - Sally Potter

"Is there a phrase in the English language more fraught with menace than a tax audit?" - Erica Jong

"Speaking of Sir Winston Churchill: He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." - Edward R Murrow

"The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary" - Dave Kellett

"French: why does this language even exist? Everyone there speaks english anyway." - Meg Cabot

"The most disgusting four letter word in the English language is 'cage'." - Philip Wollen

"English is a really wonderful language and I urge you all to investigate it" - Werner Herzog

"There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job," - J.K. Simmons

"The four sweetest words in the English language - 'You wore me down.'" - Aziz Ansari

"Fatherhood is helping your children learn English as a foreign language." - Bill Cosby

"It is terrible to see someone being beaten up by the English language." - Martin Amis

"English is the 'language of liberty' for nations emerging from years of cultural oppression." - Vaclav Havel

"A person who acquires English has access to all the things that that language makes possible." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"The N-word is one of the most contentious words in the English language." - Judy Woodruff

"I've shot films in Africa. I've shot in America - English is not my language." - Sergio Leone

"It's always a unique challenge when you're working with somebody where English is their second language." - Ethan Hawke

"The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary." - Dave Kellett

"I'm sorry.' The two most inadequate words in the English language." - Beth Revis

"The four most expensive words in the English language are this time it's different." - John Templeton

"The English Language is my bitch. Or I don't speak it very well. Whatever." - Joss Whedon

"If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur." - Doug Larson

"The most beautiful words in the English language are not 'I love you,' but 'It's benign." - Woody Allen

"The circle of the English language has a well-defined center but no discernible circumference." - James A. H. Murray

"The most beautiful words in the English language aren't "I love you" but "it's benign."" - Woody Allen

"You know what they say - the sweetest word in the English language is revenge." - Peter Beard

"Put your trust in god are the most dangerous words in the English language." - Hemant Mehta

"The way I see it is, I am a boon to the English language." - George W Bush

"My least favorite phrase in the English language is 'I don't care.'" - James Caan

"The three most dreaded words in the English language are 'negative cash flow'." - David Tang

"I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry." - Diane Wakoski

"I write in English because I was raised in the States and educated in this language." - Daniel Alarcon

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing." - Robert Benchley

"Between 1910 and 1950 approximately 350 lives of Jesus were published in the English language alone." - John Clayton

"I love to laugh, it's my main thing. I love to abuse the English language." - Dan Fogelberg

"The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'." - Maxim Gorky

"The Divinity could be invoked as well in the English language as in the French." - Wilfrid Laurier

"Even if I think in English, it's more a language of acting than French." - Sophie Marceau

"When it comes to love, the English language bears no shortage of cliches." - Sarah Maclean

"The world was made before English language, and seemingly upon a different design." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read." - Jack Prelutsky

"Our government should speak a common language with the American people - plain English." - Alan Siegel

"When the English language gets in my way, I walk over it." - Billy Sunday

"I worked in a bookstore in Oslo, importing the English-language books." - Per Petterson

"Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written this language with a paintbrush that talks." - Jimmy Breslin

"I learned English, my sixth language at this point, quite quickly." - Roald Hoffmann

"If the word 'No' was removed from the English language, Ian Paisley would be speechless." - John Hume

"The official language of the State of Illinois shall be known hereafter as the American language, and not the English language." - Frank Church

"My shirt and my hat always say 'World Champion' in some language. English, Spanish, Chinese, 'Star Wars' language, which is also known as Aurebesh, mermaid language." - Judah Friedlander

"America is not a nation of separation. All our citizens are Americans. The common denominator is our language. Our language is English. The glue that binds generation after generation is both our Constitution and our English language." - James Traficant

"In terms of language, English is very dominant vis-A-vis African language. That in itself is a power relationship - between languages and communities - because the English language is a determinant of the ladder to achievement." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"James Joyce's English was based on the rhythm of the Irish language. He wrote things that shocked English language speakers but he was thinking in Gaelic. I've sung songs that if they were in English, would have been banned too. The psyche of the Irish language is completely different to the English-speaking world." - Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh

"The American language differs from the English in that it seeks the top of expression while English seeks its lowly valleys." - Salvador de Madariaga

"Has it ever occurred to you,' he said, 'that the whole history of English poetry has been de-termined by the fact that the English language lacks rhymes?" - George Orwell

"Because English is the universal language. No matter where you come from, if you sing in English, you can cross over to the world." - Lara Fabian

"When a programming language is created that allows programmers to program in simple English, it will be discovered that programmers cannot speak English." - Anonymous

"My plea is for banishing the English language as a cultural usurper, as we successfully banished the political rule of the English usurper." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I grew up listening to people speaking broken English. I probably picked that up. And I probably speak English almost as a second language." - Christopher Walken

"I don't hate language. I have my own language, but I also enjoy the English language. Obviously, you don't read a lot of literature and not care about language." - Twyla Tharp

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"Mathematics is a language" - J. Willard Gibbs

"As a linguist, I don't think of Ada as a big language. Now, English and Japanese, those are big languages. Ada is just a medium-sized language." - Larry Wall

"I believe we are being dishonest with language minority groups if we tell them they can take full part in American life without learning the English language." - S I Hayakawa

"Realistically, English is a universal language; it's the number one language for music and for communicating with the rest of the world." - Enrique Iglesias

"Instead of this confusion, we need the unifying force of an official language, English, which is the language of success in America." - Ernest Istook

"The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself." - Derek Walcott

"The top 10 verbs in the English language are all irregular, even though irregular verbs make up only 3 per cent of the language." - Erez Lieberman Aiden

"Of course, English is a very powerful language, a colonizer's language and a gift to a writer. English has destroyed and sucked up the languages of other cultures - its cruelty is its vitality." - Louise Erdrich

"It was once argued that 'Starring Sylvester Stallone' were the three scariest words in the English language but until I saw Adam Sandler I'd always thought the three scariest words in the English language were 'starring Dan Aykroyd.'" - Joe Queenan

"Even though many Indians can read or speak English, for most, it is not their first language. At the office, we speak in English, but we consume our culture in our own language." - Amish Tripathi

"English is not the primary language for universities in China, Korea, and Japan, but they are being evaluated on the basis of publications in English and courses taught in English." - Henry Rosovsky

"Black English is simpler than standard English in some ways; for example, it often gets by with just 'be' and drops 'am,' 'is,' and 'are.' That's because black English arose when adult African slaves learned the language." - John Mcwhorter

"One of the special beauties of America is that it is the only country in the world where you are not advised to learn the language before entering. Before I ever set out for the United States, I asked a friend if I should study American. His answer was unequivocal. "On no account," he said. "The more English you sound, the more likely you are to be believed."" - Quentin Crisp

"The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it." - George Bernard Shaw

"English is the perfect language for preachers because it allows you to talk until you think of what to say." - Garrison Keillor

"As sheer casual reading matter, I still find the English dictionary the most interesting book in our language." - Albert J Nock

"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." - Henry James

"The four most important words in the English language are, "What do you think?" Listen to your people and learn." - J. W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr.

"I love literature, the English language and storytelling. I also have thirty horses and seventy foxhounds to feed." - Rita Mae Brown

"In addition to English, at least one ancient language, probably Greek or Hebrew, and two modern languages would be required." - W H Auden

"The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib." - Robert Burchfield

"Saddam Hussein also challenged President Bush to a debate. The Butcher of Baghdad vs. the Butcher of the English language." - Jay Leno

"No' is the second shortest word in the English language, but one of the hardest to say." - Raymond Arroyo

"The First Amendment...begins with the five loveliest words in the English language: 'Congress shall make no law'." - George Will

"I do not know if there is a more dreadful word in the English language than that word "lost."" - Charles Spurgeon

"I have always felt cookbooks were fiction and the most beautiful words in the English language were 'room service." - Erma Bombeck

"George Orwell once blamed the demise of the English language on politics. It's quite possible he never read a prospectus." - Arthur Levitt Jr

"Net neutrality: The only two words that promise more boredom in the English language are 'featuring Sting,'" - John Oliver

"We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it." - P D James

"I am Irish by race but the English have condemned me to talk the language of Shakespeare." - Oscar Wilde

"... the English alphabet is pure insanity..., It can hardly spell any word in the language with any degree of certainty." - Mark Twain

"English has more flexibility. It's a very plastic, very shapeable, very expressive language. In that sense it feels quite natural." - Ha Jin

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."" - Ronald Reagan

"If I were really fluent and born into the English language, I would probably become a greater writer." - Chath Piersath

"[My mother tongue is] Albanian. But, I am equally fluent in Bengali (language of Calcutta) and English." - Mother Teresa

"Let's not forget, there are three languages in Canada - English, French, and there's the language of jobs." - Kevin O'Leary

"I write drama in the English language. If I wasn't working in London I'd be doing something wrong." - William Monahan

"The ten most dangerous words in the English language are Hi, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

"As sheer casual reading matter, I still find the English dictionary the most interesting book in our language." - Albert Jay Nock

"The English language is so elastic that you can find another word to say the same thing." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I think that phrase is the most horrible phrase in the English language - 'I don't know.' It's terribly embarrassing." - Jim Morrison



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