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German Language Quotes


"The German language is the organ among the languages." - Jean Paul

"Half of us are partly German! Half our language and culture, generally, in Anglo-Saxon terms, is German." - Martin Freeman

"There are German songs which can make a stranger to the language cry." - Mark Twain

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

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

"I have eighteen titles in the German language. I had a number one song in 1965." - Wanda Jackson

"It's great that in the German language I've sold almost 30 million books. Isn't that amazing?" - Ken Follett

"The German language speaks Being, while all the others merely speak of Being." - Martin Heidegger

"All German women are beautiful. It's not for nothing that we talk of the German "Frauleinwunder." You don't get this word in any other language." - Heidi Klum

"German in the most extravagantly ugly language - it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747." - Willie Rushton

"Heinrich Heine so loosened the corsets of the German language that today every little salesman can fondle her breasts." - Karl Kraus

"I don't believe there is anything in the whole earth that you can't learn in Berlin except the German language." - Mark Twain

"Chemistry is a gibberish of Latin and German; but in Leibig's hands it becomes a powerful language." - Jacob Grimm

"The language [German] which enables a man to travel all day in one sentence without changing cars." - Mark Twain

"The Swedish language combines the strong manhood of the German with the delicate beauty of the Italian." - Bayard Taylor

"When people say that German or any other language is romantic... all they really mean is that they've enjoyed a past in the language" - John Irving

"Music is a language, a universal language." - Sun Ra

"Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language, it is totally impossible to make a living. In no group do I see as much misery, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German." - Stefan Zweig

"In language gender is particularly confusing. Why, please, should a table be male in German, female in French, and castrated in English?" - Marlene Dietrich

"German poetry is going in a very different direction from French poetry.... Its language has become more sober, more factual. It distrusts "beauty." It tries to be truthful." - Paul Celan

"In early times some sufferer had to sit up with a toothache, and he put in the time inventing the German language." - Mark Twain

"There's nothing in the world for which a poet will give up writing, not even he is a Jew and the language of his poems is German." - Paul Celan

"Mastery of the German language and the acceptance of our legal system has to become part of the criteria for naturalization." - Alice Schwarzer

"The English language took in many many fertilizations, many many genes, from other languages, from foreign languages - Latin, French, Nordic languages, German, Scandinavian languages." - Amos Oz

"Italian is the language of song. German is good for philosophy and English for poetry. French is best at precision; it has a rigour to it." - Maurice Druon

"I love the German and the Swiss people for their many fine traits of character. I love their language that is so exacting and yet so expressive." - Joseph B Wirthlin

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"Verbing weirds language." - Bill Watterson

"language is never neutral" - Paulo Freire

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"BASIC - A programming language." - Anonymous

"Lexicographers are language reporters." - Erin Mckean

"Language changes very fast." - John Maynard Smith

"To possess another language, Charlemagne tells us, is to possess another soul. German is such a language. Once you have it in your head, you can go there anytime, you can close the door, you have a refuge." - John Le Carre

"I understand German; I can read German." - Max Von Sydow

"Gone. The saddest word in the language. In any language." - Mark Slouka

"Music is a language, you see, a universal language." - Sun Ra

"I love language, and I love the failure of language." - Nate Lowman

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." - George Orwell

"Silence is God's first language." - John of the Cross

"Nothing exists except through language." - Hans-Georg Gadamer

"Abstraction is an esoteric language." - Eric Fischl

"Hands have their own language." - Simon Van Booy

"Humor is a universal language." - Joel Goodman

"Sometimes language is not enough." - Justin Adams

"Language is a social art." - Willard Van Orman Quine

"Music is the universal language." - Swizz Beatz

"My first language is Gaelic." - Enya

"Image is an international language." - Marjane Satrapi

"Visual art is a foreign language I'm fluent at, but my native language is language." - Julia Glass

"I want to see religious instruction and sermons held in German in the mosques. The ideal, in my view, would be for imams to be trained in Germany and to speak our language, just as the Roman Catholic Church now holds mass in German and gave up Latin long ago." - Wolfgang Schauble

"German radicalism: freedom-masturbation." - Franz Grillparzer

"I'm German, after all." - Lynne Rae Perkins

"The Language Laboratory at Cambridge is a very good way of finding out about grammar and the vocabulary and that's why I learned to read German and later on I added Spanish, the standard European languages." - Clive James

"I've never lived in an English-speaking country, ever, but I lived in Austria. So, my second language is German. And when I went to school, I had a lot of classes in English." - Edgar Ramirez

"For my Oxford degree, I had to translate French and German philosophy (as it turned out, Descartes and Kant) at sight without a dictionary. That meant Germany for my first summer vacation, to learn the thorny language on my own." - Paul Engle

"Language patterns solidify at 10, 11, 12, so I was able to learn English fairly easily, with no accent. I didn't do speech or vocal work to get rid of the German accent; I was just lucky." - Peter Hermann

"When I was younger, I used to hate Germany. I hated the country, the people, the language, the culture, everything! But over the years I've grown to really appreciate the German people." - Anthony Kiedis

"I had the luck that my parents educated me in three languages. With my mother I spoke Dutch, with my father Italian, and in the school I learned German. But my host language is Italian." - Michelle Hunziker

"I studied French in high school and German in college and I once took a 24-hour Italian crash course. English has by far the most words in it of any other language. Our money might not be worth anything anymore, but the language is." - Roy Blount Jr

"The unconscious is structured like a language." - Jacques Lacan

"The chief merit of language is clearness." - Galen

"Acting is not my language at all." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"Laughter is the language of the heart" - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"Language betrays, in order to mean." - Terence Mckenna

"Language is a weapon, keep it honed!" - Kurt Tucholsky

"Men's language is as their lives." - Seneca the Younger

"Simple is the language of truth." - Seneca the Younger

"I want to start where language ends." - Antony Gormley

"All words, in every language, are metaphors." - Marshall Mcluhan

"I can understand bitchiness in any language." - Richelle Mead

"Language is a machine for making falsehoods." - Iris Murdoch

"Everyone smiles in the same language." - George Carlin

"Color is a language, like music." - Vlady Kibalchich Russakov

"Grammar is the analysis of language." - Edgar Allan Poe

"My homeland is the portuguese language." - Fernando Pessoa

"Language was invented to ask questions." - Eric Hoffer

"Faire language grates not the tongue." - George Herbert

"Sometimes, language is the sound of longing" - Simon Van Booy

"Peace is the language we must speak." - Pope Francis

"The original language of Christianity is translation." - Lamin Sanneh

"Language is the tool of the tools" - Lev S. Vygotsky

"Silence is the language of inertia." - Margaret Heffernan

"Language can do what it ca' say." - William Stafford

"Each actor requires a different language." - Oliver Stone

"Musicians are not so concerned with language." - Ry Cooder

"A proverb is an ornament to language." - Proverbs

"Everyone smiles in the same language." - Anonymous

"Story is the language of the heart." - John Eldredge

"Ridicule is the language of the devil." - Thomas Carlyle

"Music is indeed the Universal Language." - L Ron Hubbard

"Being that can be understood is language." - Hans-Georg Gadamer

"It is by metaphor that language grows." - Julian Jaynes

"Silence is the only language god speaks." - Charles Simic

"I must stick with Chinese language films." - Zhang Yimou

"I see tendencies, I see body language." - Michael Chang

"War is what happens when language fails." - Margaret Atwood

"I've always loved rhyming. I love language." - Mos Def

"All language is a popularity contest." - Erin Mckean

"Music is the universal language of mankind." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Love is the language all animals understand." - Anthony D. Williams

"You couldn't have human society without language." - John Maynard Smith

"Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification." - Robert Smithson

"Speech happens to not be his language." - Madame De Stael

"I think music is another language." - Dar Williams

"Language is the dress of thought." - Samuel Johnson

"Language is a virus from outer space." - William S Burroughs

"Ideas do not exist separately from language." - Karl Marx

"Money has a language of its own." - Robert Kiyosaki

"English was my fourth language. I arrived, I enrolled in public school, as a child, I believe I was about six years old when we finally landed in Michigan. And I was initially put in special education because I couldn't quite wrap my mind around the English language because I was listening to Hungarian and Albanian and German. My mind broke down like I couldn't quite wrap my mind around the fourth language." - Masiela Lusha

"I am a bohemian person. I don't speak German, and I live in a foreign country where all the signs are in German. I did that deliberately. I'm like a ghost. Look at how much media and advertising you're subjected to, this mindless chatter of advertising. I just block it out so effortlessly because it's all a foreign language to me. It's really a good thing for my head, living in Berlin." - Anton Newcombe

"It is not like studying German, where you mull along, in a groping, uncertain way, for thirty years; and at last, just as you think you've got it, they spring the subjunctive on you, and there you are. No- and I see now plainly enough, that the great pity about the German language is, that you can't fall off it and hurt yourself. There is nothing like that feature to make you attend strictly to business." - Mark Twain

"German diligence is actually endurance." - Franz Grillparzer

"The German asparagus are fabulous." - George W Bush

"[I'm] more German than Irish." - Bill Burr

"I'm ashamed to be German." - Helmut Jahn

"All German women are beautiful." - Heidi Klum

"Only a handful of Germans in the Reich had the slightest conception of the eternal and merciless struggle for the German language, German schools, and a German way of life. Only today, when the same deplorable misery is forced on many millions of Germans from the Reich, who under foreign rule dream of their common fatherland and strive, amid their longing, at least to preserve their holy right to their mother tongue, do wider circles understand what it means to be forced to fight for one's nationality." - Adolf Hitler

"I work in Hebrew. Hebrew is deeply inspired by other languages. Not now, for the last three thousand years, Hebrew has been penetrated and fertilized by ancient Semitic languages - by Aramaic, by Greek, by Latin, by Arabic, by Yiddish, by Latino, by German, by Russian, by English, I could go on and on. It's very much like English. The English language took in many many fertilizations, many many genes, from other languages, from foreign languages - Latin, French, Nordic languages, German, Scandinavian languages. Every language has influences and is an influence." - Amos Oz

"Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart." - Sivananda

"Everyone prays in their own language, and there is no language that God does not understand." - Duke Ellington

"Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation." - Toni Morrison

"We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has" - Deborah Tannen

"Language is power... Language can be used as a means of changing reality." - Adrienne Rich

"The only living language is the language in which we think and have our being." - Antonio Machado

"Unfortunately, we're using the same language to talk about the language we'retalking about." - Donna Jo Napoli

"Poetry is either language lit up by life or life lit up by language" - Peter Porter

"Photography is and is not a language; language also is and is not a photography." - William J. Mitchell

"Speak the language of high intelligence, and thus you speak the language of God." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

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

"The language of love is the language of humility or humbleness." - Mata Amritanandamayi

"One can not understand language because language cannot understand itself; does not want to understand" - Novalis

"Language mavens commonly confuse their own peeves with a worsening of the language." - Steven Pinker

"One sacrifice has to be made: never use harsh or rude language. Foul language you can use; foul language doesn't hurt. Foul language is forgivable (though it is bad). But rude language cannot be forgiven." - Harbhajan Singh Yogi

"I remember learning German - so beautiful, so strange - at school in Australia on the other side of the earth. My family was nonplussed about me learning such an odd, ugly language and, though of course too sophisticated to say it, the language of the enemy. But I liked the sticklebrick nature of it, building long supple words by putting short ones together. Things could be brought into being that had no name in English - Weltanschauung, Schadenfreude, sippenhaft, Sonderweg, Scheissfreundlichkeit, Vergangenheitsbewaltigung." - Anna Funder

"So far no one had had enough courage and intelligence to reveal me to my dear Germans. My problems are new, my psychological horizon frighteningly comprehensive, my language bold and clear; there may well be no books written in German which are richer in ideas and more independent than mine." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The narrow slit through which the scientist, if he wants to be successful, must view nature constructs, if this goes on for a long time, his entire character; and, more often than not, he ends up becoming what the German language so appropriately calls a Fachidiot (professional idiot)." - Erwin Chargaff

"An exciting and yet highly lucid account of the formation and significance of Karl Kraus's modernist journalism, an activity that Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem regarded as the most Jewish writing in the German language. The Anti-Journalist is the best book I have seen on this engaging topic." - Istvan Deak

"I am a German nationalist, that means I am openly committed to my Volkstrum. All of my thoughts and actions belong to it. I am a socialist. I see before me no class or rank, but rather a community of people who are connected by blood, united by language, and subject to the same collective fate." - Adolf Hitler

"You, my Brown Guard, will regard it as a matter of course that this German people should go only by the way which Providence ordained for it when it gave to Germans the common language. So we go forward with the profoundest faith in God into the future. Would that which we have achieved have been possible if Providence had not helped us?" - Adolf Hitler

"I taught principally German language and literature at Eton. But any master with private pupils must be prepared to teach anything they ask for. That can be as diverse as the early paintings of Salvador Dali or how bumblebees manage to fly." - John Le Carre

"I really want to do a film in another language. My dad's from Germany, so it'd be really cool to do a film in German. I'm not quite fluent, but I can get there. And my accent's pretty good. I wouldn't feel too out of my element." - Kirsten Dunst

"Language is the instrument in all cases and can language be trusted?If it were not for language, could we lie?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"XML is not a language in the sense of a programming language any more than sketches on a napkin are a language." - Charles Simonyi

"He told me that once, in the war, he"d come upon a German soldier in the grass with his insides falling out; he was just lying there in agony. The soldier had looked up at Sergeant Leonard, and even though they did' speak the same language, they understood each other with just a look. The German lying on the ground; the American standing over him. He put a bullet in the soldier's head. He did' do it with anger, as an enemy, but as a fellow man, one soldier helping another." - Libba Bray

"He told me that once, in the war, he'd come upon a German soldier in the grass with his insides falling out; he was just lying there in agony. The soldier had looked up at Sergeant Leonard, and even though they didn't speak the same language, they understood each other with just a look. The German lying on the ground; the American standing over him. He put a bullet in the soldier's head. He didn't do it with anger, as an enemy, but as a fellow man, one soldier helping another." - Libba Bray

"A German joke is no laughing matter." - Mark Twain

"Romania are more Portuguese than German." - Barry Venison

"How much beer is in German intelligence?" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Life is too short to learn German" - Richard Porson



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