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"In my world, history comes down to language and art." - Theodore Bikel

"Language is an archeological vehicle... the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history." - Russell Hoban

"Language is an archaeological vehicle... the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history." - Russell Hoban

"Our culture, language, history, and values are vital to uniting us as a nation." - Bobby Jindal

"Language is the archives of history...Language is fossil poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Language is the archives of history." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For centuries, everything was taught through music. History was taught through music; language and mathematics were taught through music." - T Bone Burnett

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

"Mythology and history are my passion. I grew up in a religious family and learnt about our scriptures and philosophies. It's the language I'm comfortable with." - Amish Tripathi

"Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs." - Nelson Mandela

"When you're around your family, and you have that history and that shared language, you say things you'd be embarrassed to hear quoted back to you later." - Noah Baumbach

"I'm interested in Russian language, culture, history... and I lived there, for four years, as a reporter for the Washington Post and have visited many times since." - David Remnick

"I have seen how effective language attached to policies that are mainstream and delivered by people who are passionate and effective can change the course of history." - Frank Luntz

"A culture is not only the language and the arts of a people. It is all their history, all their hopes for the future." - Robert Payne

"All over the world today, not just in the totalitarian countries, assiduous functionaries in Ministries of Truth are clubbing history dumb and rendering language insensible." - E L Doctorow

"History. Language. Passion. Custom. All these things determine what men say, think, and do. These are the hidden puppet-strings from which all men hang." - R. Scott Bakker

"If during their education our youths become alienated from their language, history, ancestors, culture and civilization, it means there is a very serious educational problem there." - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

"We think of history as another specialization, like philosophy of language, rather than as something that informs everything we do and think." - Dale Jamieson

"A culture is not only the language and the arts of a people. It is all their history, all their hopes for the future." - Pierre Stephen Robert Payne

"The use of natural history is to give us aid in supernatural history: the use of the outer creation, to give us language for the beings and changes of the inward creation." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Between France and Senegal there's a history. There's a language that we both speak. There's a culture that we share and to which both of our peoples have contributed. But beyond our history, beyond our language, beyond the links that have united us for so long, what unites us today is the future." - Francois Hollande

"Yiddish, the language which will ever bear witness to the violence and murder inflicted on us, bear the marks of our expulsions from land to land, the language which absorbed the wails of the fathers, the laments of the generations, the poison and bitterness of history, the language whose precious jewels are the undried, uncongealed Jewish tears." - I. L. Peretz

"Sarah Buckley is precious, because she is bilingual. She can speak the language of a mother who gave birth to her four children at home. She can also speak like a medical doctor. By intermingling the language of the heart and the scientific language she is driving the history of childbirth towards a radical and inspiring new direction." - Michel Odent

"Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many African Americans, including my family. I remember the pain." - Mildred D. Taylor

"We are at a time in our country's history that inclusive language is better than exclusive language." - Barack Obama

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

"Oral history is a research method. It is a way of conducting long, highly detailed interviews with people about their life experiences, often in multiple interview sessions. Oral history allows the person being interviewed to use their own language to talk about events in their life and the method is used by researchers in different fields like history, anthropology and sociology." - Patricia Leavy

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

"Imagine it's 1981. You're an artist, in love with art, smitten with art history. You're also a woman, with almost no mentors to look to; art history just isn't that into you. Any woman approaching art history in the early eighties was attempting to enter an almost foreign country, a restricted and exclusionary domain that spoke a private language." - Jerry Saltz

"Being raised a Jew in southern California in the 1950s and 1960s, my religious training emphasized learning the Hebrew language and Jewish festivals, history, and culture. We also remembered the Holocaust and supported the newly formed Jewish state of Israel." - Rick Strassman

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

"Every drop of human blood contains a history book written in the language of our genes." - Spencer Wells

"History is like self-reflection through the medium of language propelling itself into self-recognition." - Terence Mckenna

"Art has this long history, predating even language, of expressing nonverbal information." - Betty Edwards

"Poetry is the elder sister of history, the mother of language, the ancestress of civilization." - Orson F Whitney

"History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it." - Theodor Adorno

"Yes, the mistrust of poetry has a long history, for a variety of reasons, but they all come down to sentiment and invention over fact and truth. Figurative language is suspicious." - Mary Ruefle

"To lovers of the long and intricate history of language the disuse and final death of certain words is a matter of regret. Yet every age bears witness to the inevitableness of such loss." - Mary Ellen Chase

"To those of you who study history, economics, sociology, literature and language I present the challenge of the utilization of the enormous resources in our grasp to the problem of creating a genuinely good life for yourselves and your children." - Polykarp Kusch

"The two ethnic groups that remain fundamentally different from the Han Chinese - in terms of history, culture, language, religion and physical appearance - are the Uighurs and Tibetans. In these two groups, the Han Chinese come face to face with difference." - Martin Jacques

"The ultimate goal is a comprehensive classification of what is very likely a single language family. The implications of such a classification for the origin and history of our species would, of course, be very great." - Joseph H. Greenberg

"Whenever one reads of the determination of the species, or opens a book on natural science and history, in whatever language, one inevitably comes across the name of Linne." - Johannes V. Jensen

"A babble of words that no one understands now fills the airwaves, and language loses all meaning as we sink slowly, mindlessly, into herstory rather than history because most rapists are men, aren't they?" - Gore Vidal

"I am quite sick of the modern writers of ancient history, who think to make amends by their fine language for the total want of industry, truth and candor." - Joseph Ritson

"Poetry was syllable and rhythm. Poetry was the measurement of breath. Poetry was time make audible. Poetry evoked the present moment; poetry was the antidote to history. Poetry was language free from habit." - Damon Galgut

"Uncontrolled immigration threatens to deconstruct the nation we grew up in and convert America into a conglomeration of peoples with almost nothing in common - not history, heroes, language, culture, faith, or ancestors. Balkanization beckons." - Pat Buchanan

"The most powerful words in English are 'Tell me a story,' words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself." - Pat Conroy

"I didn't choose Russia but Russia chose me. I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture, the language, the literature and the history to the place." - Helen Dunmore

"It always trips me out that America, the most powerful and magnificent nation in the history of the world, whose might was built by immigrants from all over the world, only speaks one language." - Cheech Marin

"Whenever one reads of the determination of the species, or opens a book on natural science and history, in whatever language, one inevitably comes across the name of Linne." - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

"It is difficult to disturb the common usage of Korean that is bent to the perspective of a male-oriented society. Korean society is based on both a politics and history that have been disguised as a solid society of solid male poems, a solid written language, fixed rules of how to write literature, and a narrative language." - Kim Hyesoon

"No man will treat with indifference the principle of race. It is the key to history, and why history is often so confused is that it has been written by men who are ignorant of this principle and all the knowledge it involves. . . Language and religion do not make a race-there is only one thing which makes a race, and that is blood." - Benjamin Disraeli

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

"Language transcends us and yet we speak." - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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

"As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language; every human use of words that is joyful, or honest or new, because experience is new... But as a Black poet and writer, I hate words that cancel my name and my history and the freedom of my future: I hate the words that condemn and refuse the language of my people in America." - June Jordan

"English language is the most universal language in history, way more than the Latin of Julius Caesar. Its the most punderful language because its vocabulary has a certain critical mass that makes a lingo good for punning." - Richard Lederer

"English language is the most universal language in history, way more than the Latin of Julius Caesar. It's the most punderful language because its vocabulary has a certain critical mass that makes a lingo good for punning." - Richard Lederer

"Hebrew is this unique thing that you cannot translate to any other language. It has to do with its history." - Etgar Keret

"Things added to things, as statistics, civil history, are inventories. Things used as language are inexhaustibly attractive." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"And history becomes legend and legend becomes history." - Jean Cocteau

"Destiny and history are untidy." - Djuna Barnes

"History! Read it and weep!" - Kurt Vonnegut

"Obviously people's feelings are going to get hurt when you use certain words, but you can't outlaw words. They're really the history of our culture. They tell you what's going on. When you make words politically incorrect you're taking all the poetry out of the language. I'm pro anybody living their lives the way they want to live, sexually and otherwise; and I'm anti any kind of language repression." - David Duchovny

"I am very interested in writers from the Francophone world. I like Kamel Daoud a lot, for example. In "The Meursault Investigation" and "Zabor," he shows a passion for the French language, a very special way of writing that belongs to those who live on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. It is language that connects us. It allows people there to cling to our history, our culture and sometimes also our values." - Emmanuel Macron

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

"History is past politics, and politics present history." - John Robert Seeley

"History is past politics, and politics is present history." - Edward Augustus Freeman

"I want to find a genie in a bottle that can grant me three wishes. I want to be able to speak, read, write, and understand any language ever written or spoken, just any language throughout the history of man. That would be one of my wishes from the genie, so I would have to put "multilingual" on the resume, should I ever find the genie." - Maynard James Keenan

"I came to this project and 'Far from Heaven' from completely different vantage points. 'Heaven' was of course about the Douglas Sirk films of that period, with the very specific cinematic language and style of melodrama. With 'Carol,' it was presented to me already packaged, with Cate Blanchett attached and Phyllis Nagy's script complete - when it came to me it had a long history and pre-history." - Todd Haynes

"History is driven, over the long haul, by culture - by what men and women honor, cherish, and worship; by what societies deem to be true and good, and by the expressions they give to those convictions in language, literature, and the arts; by what individuals and societies are willing to stake their lives on." - George Weigel

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams." - Paul Gauguin

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

"Silence is God's language, and it's a very difficult language to learn." - Thomas Keating

"Thinking about language, while thinking _in_ language, leads to puzzles and paradoxes." - James Gleick

"Those who read in a second language write and spell better in that language." - Stephen D. Krashen

"Truth and falsity is something that concerns language, it's a property of language." - Errol Morris

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

"Design is just language and the real issue is what you use that language to do." - Tibor Kalman

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

"A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language." - Frantz Fanon

"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

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

"I call the language of political figures, pundits and administrators 'the haute couture of language.'" - Anna Deavere Smith

"Tobias Buckell combines old world with new in his novel CRYSTAL RAIN. While the rich cultures, drawn in part from Caribbean history and lore, echo a familiar landscape, he brings it out of the Earth milieu and into a bold new universe where technology and tradition collide. I enjoyed his colorful characters and musical use of language; his voice is fresh and entirely readable." - Karin Lowachee

"English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background." - David Crystal

"The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history." - James W. Loewen

"My loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation's history, or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time." - Edward Abbey

"My obsessions stay the same - historical memory and historical erasure. I am particularly interested in the Americas and how a history that is rooted in colonialism, the language and iconography of empire, disenfranchisement, the enslavement of peoples, and the way that people were sectioned off because of blood." - Natasha Trethewey

"When I started doing improvise music in Europe, in the beginning I thought the way that Europeans were interpreting the reconstruction of deconstruction of this thing that we call jazz - of course it's different than what Americans do, because Europeans have a different history, a different sensibility and so forth - the nature of the creative process itself it's the same; but what comes from that creative process is different, because you have a different history, you have a different society, different language." - Hamid Drake

"The thing itself is never just out there in the world waiting to be framed by the photographer's Leica; rather, it is something dynamically produced in the act of representation and reception and already subject to the grids of meaning imposed on it by culture, history, language, and so forth." - Abigail Solomon-Godeau

"I have carefully and regularly perused the Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion that the volume contains more sublimity, purer morality, more important history, and finer strains of eloquence, than can be collected from all other books, in whatever language they may have been written." - William Jones

"I think that great poetry is the most interesting and complex use of the poet's language at that point in history, and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats, almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps no one can really top that." - Diane Wakoski

"India is a very, very old country with a history, culture and tradition like Italy. And we can use the English language to be in touch. Then India's industrial situation is similar to us. Both have big companies but are dominated by small and medium-sized companies. It is extremely important for both to do joint ventures." - Luca Cordero Di Montezemo

"History teaches us, in no mistaken language, how often customs and practices, which were originated without lawful warrant, and opposed to the sound construction of the law, have come to overload and pervert it, as commentators on the text of Holy Scripture have established doctrines wholly at variance with its true spirit." - Samuel Freeman Miller

"Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history." - Maya Angelou

"Woe be to him who tries to isolate one department of knowledge from the rest. All science is one: language, literature and history, physics, mathematics and philosophy; subjects which seem the most remote from one another are in reality connected, or rather they all form a single system." - Jules Michelet

"We know from our recent history that English did not come to replace U.S. Indian languages merely because English sounded musical to Indians' ears. Instead, the replacement entailed English-speaking immigrants' killing most Indians by war, murder, and introduced diseases, and the surviving Indians' being pressured into adopting English, the new majority language." - Jared Diamond

"History no longer shall be a dull book. It shall walk incarnate in every just and wise man. You shall not tell me by language and titles a catalogue of the volumes you have read. You shall make me feel what periods you have lived." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I started my professional life as a philosopher of language and for several years took the orthodox line that meaning is an essentially linguistic phenomenon. Whether as a result of simply listening to everyday talk about meaning, or reading books of anthropology, sociology and art history, it dawned on me that there is nothing at all privileged or central about linguistic meaning." - David E. Cooper

"Christ is Lord of all. This truth implies that he is lord of language, lord of grammar, lord of history, and lord or interpretive principles. We cannot just take things over unchanged from the world around us. We should be thinking through and living through the implications of Christ's lordship in every sphere of life." - Vern Poythress

"Will the American Southwest become a giant Kosovo, a part of the nation separated from the rest by language, ethnicity, history and culture, to be reabsorbed in all but name by Mexico from whom we took these lands in the time of Jackson and Polk?" - Pat Buchanan

"What kinds of problems, and what kinds of meanings, happen in the paint? Or as one historian puts it, 'What is thinking in painting, as opposed to thinking about painting?' These are important questions, and they are very hard to answer using the language of art history." - James Elkins

"In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event." - Theodore Bikel

"Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history." - Octavio Paz

"Gunn would be an important figure-rewarding, delightful, accomplished, enduring-in the history of English-language poetry even were his life not as fascinating as it now seems; he would be an important figure in the history of gay writing and in the history of transatlantic literary relations even were his poetry not so good as it is. With his life as it was and his works as they are, he's an obvious candidate for a volume of retrospective and critical essays, and this one is first-rate." - Stephen Burt

"He wished someone in the course of history had thought of striking that word and all its derivatives from the English Language - happy, happier, happiest, happiness. What the devil did the words really mean anyway? Why not just the word pleasure, which was far more... well, pleasant." - Mary Balogh

"When I speak of the erotic, then I speak of it as an assertion of the life force of women; of that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of which we are now reclaiming in our language, our history, our dancing, our loving, our work, our lives." - Audre Lorde

"Alexander von Humboldt's wide-ranging Views of Nature is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century natural history, at once science and art. Mark W. Person's stunning new translation makes the wonders of this classic accessible to the English-language world of the present." - Daniel Walker Howe

"Alexander von Humboldt's wide-ranging Views of Nature is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century natural history, at once science and art. Mark W. Person's stunning new translation makes the wonders of this classic accessible to the English-language world of the present." - Daniel Walker Howe

"Something that has always attracted me to even taking on the occupation of actor is the idea that I could be lucky enough to portray different characterizations from different places in the world, whether it's speaking another language or taking on a dialect and building a history from where they were born. I was very attracted to that concept, in becoming an actor." - Lake Bell

"Music, for centuries and centuries, was used to teach everything. It was used to teach language, mathematics, history. The news was music. Everything traveled by song. It was used to teach ethics. It was used to create conscience, probably more than anything." - T Bone Burnett

"Many people do not know that Jesus did not speak Latin or English or Hebrew; he spoke Aramaic. But nobody knows that language. So we're talking about the Bible itself being a translation of a translation of a translation. And, in reality, it has affected people's lives in history." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"Every universe, our own included, begins in conversation. Every golem in the history of the world, from Rabbi Hanina's delectable goat to the river-clay Frankenstein of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, was summoned into existence through language, through murmuring, recital, and kabbalistic chitchat - was, literally, talked into life." - Michael Chabon

"I have never denied my background or my culture. I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with." - Salma Hayek

"Film is the only language I speak, and I have been lucky to be involved in some great stories. You don't want to preach to people, but you want them to think about why things are the way they are, the history that is there as well as the possibilities." - Clark Johnson

"A language is not just words. It's a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It's all embodied in a language." - Noam Chomsky

"There's never been a culture without poetry in the history of the world. In every culture, in every language there is expressive play, expressive word play, there's language use to different purposes that we would call poetry." - Edward Hirsch

"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

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

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

"All women speak two languages: ?the language of men ?and the language of silent suffering.? Some women speak a third, ?the language of queens." - Mohja Kahf

"In a language, in the system of language, there are only differences. Therefore, a taxonomical operation an undertake the systematic, statistical, and classificatory inventory of a language." - Jacques Derrida

"All women speak two languages: the language of men and the language of silent suffering. Some women speak a third, the language of queens." - Mohja Kahf

"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

"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

"It is not the literal past, the facts of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language." - Brian Friel

"Be careful. I would' want anything to happen to the worst Spanish student in the history of the language." I laughed. "No problemo." - Kiersten White

"Be careful. I wouldn't want anything to happen to the worst Spanish student in the history of the language." I laughed. "No problemo." - Kiersten White

"As there was no form of government common to the peoples thus segregated, nor tie of language, history, habit, or belief, they were called a Republic." - Evelyn Waugh

"It is not the literal past, the 'facts' of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language." - Brian Friel

"Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language." - Hilaire Belloc

"Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language." - Slobodan Milosevic

"Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language." - Slobodan Milosevic

"To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language." - Thomas Jefferson

"Act averse to nasty language and partial to fruity tea." - Al Swearengen

"Everything she did and love, everything she was, required language." - Lisa Genova

"Close the language-door, and open the love-window" - Rumi

"Language is generated by the intellect and generates the intellect." - Peter Abelard

"Like a diaphanous nightgown, language both hides and reveals." - Karen Elizabeth Gordon

"Kindness, a language deaf people can hear and blind see" - Anonymous

"The language of truth is unadorned and always simple." - Ammianus Marcellinus

"The two great dividers are religion and LANGUAGE" - Immanuel Kant

"Knowledge and Experience do not necessarily speak the same language." - Benjamin Hoff

"All language is rhetorical, and even the senses are poets." - George Santayana

"Every language has influences and is an influence." - Amos Oz

"Human language is mythological and metaphorical by nature." - W H Auden

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

"...and we're weighed down by a crappy implementation language (C++)." - Eric S Raymond



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