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Language And Identity Quotes


"Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of language." - Noah Webster

"Language, identity and forms of life are the terms in which political demands are shaped and voiced." - Terry Eagleton

"Language imparts identity, meaning, and perspective to our human condition. Writers are either polluters or part of the cleanup." - Mary Pipher

"In the coming decades, questions of identity, meaning cultural heritage, language, and religion will play a central role in politics." - Samuel P Huntington

"Tell me how much a nation knows about its own language, and I will tell you how much that nation knows about its own identity." - John Ciardi

"The language we share is at the core of our identity as citizens, and our ticket to full participation in American political life. We can speak any language we want at the dinner table, but English is the language of public discourse, or the marketplace and of the voting booth." - S I Hayakawa

"The relation of photography and language is a principal site of struggle for value and power in contemporary representations of reality; it is the place where images and words find and lose their conscience, their aesthetic and ethical identity." - William J. Mitchell

"We live in a world filled with language. Language imparts identity, meaning, and perspective to our human community. Writers are either polluters or part of the clean-up team. Just as the language of power and greed has the potential to destroy us, the language of reason and empathy has the power to save us. Writers can inspire a kinder, fairer, more beautiful world, or invite selfishness, stereotyping, and violence. Writers can unite people or divide them." - Mary Pipher

"Corporate identity specialists spend their time rechristening other companies, conducting a legal search and a linguistic search to insure that the name is not an insult in another language." - Lisa Belkin

"The fact of simultaneously being Christian and having as my mother tongue Arabic, the holy language of Islam, is one of the basic paradoxes that have shaped my identity." - Amin Maalouf

"When you get into the third or fourth generation of Latino immigrants to the United States, you see the kids speaking more English than Spanish, and it's important that we don't lose our identity, our language." - Thalia

"Having God as an identity marker is nothing but a label, a language, and a lifestyle. I'm a Christian. I talk like one. I act like one. But having God as an identity changer is so much more. It's lavish abandon to who God is and who He's made me to be. Holding nothing back!" - Lysa TerKeurst

"The best artists transcend nationality and identity." - Rula Jebreal

"A people must have dignity and identity." - Andrew Goodman

"English general and singular terms, identity, quantification, and the whole bag of ontological tricks may be correlated with elements of the native language in any of various mutually incompatible ways, each compatible with all possible linguistic data, and none preferable to another save as favored by a rationalization of the native language that is simple and natural to us." - Willard Van Orman Quine

"We are undermining a generation's happiness by depriving them of national identity, religious identity, and gender identity" - Dennis Prager

"Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity." - John Mcgahern

"The language of literature is the language of all the world. It is necessary to divest ourselves at once of the notion of diversified vocal and grammatical speech which constitutes the various tongues of the Earth, and conceals the identity of image and logic in the minds of all men." - George Edward Woodberry

"There's no linear narrative - the structure is more like a series of variations on a theme (how identity is shaped by language), with the past constantly bleeding into the present, dreams into reality. And the language, while incredibly lyrical in places, also has this underlying dissonance, the sense of it having itself been translated." - Deborah Smith

"With motocross I've found that passion becomes your identity and that identity breaks all barriers." - Travis Pastrana

"I believe, as a Puerto Rican, that the majority of Puerto Ricans want to be Puerto Ricans. Once we become annexed to the United States or by the United States, that we will lose our national identity. I can look at Hawaii as an example of people who lose, the Natives who lose their identity. I can look into the Native American reservations and see people who lose their national identity, their culture, their language, their land. And that's what's going to happen to Puerto Ricans here." - Oscar Lopez Rivera

"When I get on the internet and hide behind a false identity, and then allow that hiding to free me from the standards of decency, to begin to use language I would never use in front of my mother, all of a sudden, there's nothing between me and you, but worse than that, there's nothing between me and my worst self." - Joan D. Chittister

"Our identity is not in our joy, and our identity is not in our suffering. Our identity is in Christ, whether we have joy or are suffering." - Mark Driscoll

"While we tend to equate motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord's language, the word 'mother' has layers of meaning...Mothe rhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us." - Sheri L Dew

"While we tend to equate motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord's language, the word 'mother' has layers of meaning...Mothe rhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us." - Sheri L Dew

"I'm really lucky because my sister is a real activist soul and also hyper-intellectualized in this way that's really allowed me to wrap my mind around some of the bigger intellectual concepts and really understand the language around identity in the gender nonconforming community." - Lena Dunham

"And I sit here without identity: faceless. My head aches." - Sylvia Plath

"Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father." - Dinesh D'Souza

"Identity politics isn't old school! It's still alive and well." - Grace Dunham

"Individualism and mobility are at the core of American identity." - Deborah Tall

"Individualism and mobility are at the core of American identity" - Deborah Tall

"I needed to be myself and find my own identity." - Bill Skarsgard

"Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father." - Dinesh Dsouza

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

"It was an identity crisis. I was born and raised in France, but I never really felt French, so I needed to find something that I was more connected to. I used to go back to Tunisia every summer, but I was more into the language, my Arabic roots." - eL Seed

"I've been working a lot with identity and roots, being part of your roots. I went into this topic where I was trying to break the stereotype of Arabic language. The non-translation work, this is where I make the switch, where you don't need to translate." - eL Seed

"We can think of solutions in various theoretical ways, but it's not so on the ground. If they don't have a reference that helps them to belong, then they will end up excluding, and through that they get to feel that they belong on the basis of some narrow identity, language or color." - Tariq Ramadan

"As a writer, I have to admit, there is something darkly compelling about Alzheimer's because it attacks the two things most central to a writer's craft - language and memory, which together make up an individual's identity. Alzheimer's makes a new character out of a familiar person." - Charlie Pierce

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

"Violence, whether spiritual or physical, is a quest for identity and the meaningful. The less identity, the more violence." - Marshall Mcluhan

"I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language-religion-government-blood-identity in these makes men of one country." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language - religion - government - blood - identity in these makes men of one country." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Any opinion writer worth his salt would have rejected the quaint notion that certain eternally aggrieved identity groups have exclusive linguistic rights to words in the English language." - Ilana Mercer

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

"Any classification according to a singular identity polarizes people in a particular way, but if we take note of the fact that we have many different identities - related not just to religion but also to language, occupation and business, politics, class and poverty, and many others - we can see that the polarization of one can be resisted by a fuller picture. So knowledge and understanding are extremely important to fight against singular polarization." - Amartya Sen

"The identity of just one thing, the "clash of civilization" view that you're a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist or a Christian, I think that's such a limited way of seeing humanity, and schools have the opportunity to bring out the fact that we have hundreds of identities. We have our national identity. We have our cultural identity, linguistic identity, religious identity. Yes, cultural identity, professional identity, all kinds of ways." - Amartya Sen

"Chloe Honum's brilliant first book The Tulip-Flame traces an identity forming within radically divergent but interlocking systems: a family traumatized by the mother's suicide, a failed relationship, the practice of ballet, a garden-each strict, exacting. And with 'a crow's sky-knowing mind,' Honum in every case transfigures emotion by way of elegant language and formal restraint. Chloe Honum is 'one astounding flame' of a poet, and I predict a long-lasting one." - Claudia Emerson

"In the time just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when Perfidia opens, we were pre-psychologized. There were no concepts of identity, no politics of victimization. Reparation wasn't in the language. Nobody thought about giving the great grandchildren of black slaves so much as $1.98. And all of a sudden the bombs hit, interventionism versus isolationism became a dead issue, and it was us-versus-them in a heartbeat." - James Ellroy

"I lean over you, your equal, offering you a mirror for your perfect nothingness, for your shadows which are neither light nor absence of light, for this void which contemplates. To all that which you are, and, for our language, are not, I add a consciousness. I make you experience your supreme identity as a relationship, I name you and define you. You become a delicious passivity." - Maurice Blanchot

"Putin imagined it would be different. So, like many Russian leaders before him, he imagined that Ukraine was basically Russia, but they speak with a funny accent. Actually, it's not Russia; it has a different identity. It has a very different language. Russians don't automatically understand Ukrainian. And, in particular, the way Ukraine has developed over the last two decades is different from the way Russia has developed." - Anne Applebaum

"Those who become hyperpolyglots are those who meet two criteria. One, they are exposed to language material. Two, they undertake learning languages as a mission as well as acquiring the personal identity as a language learner.I describe the "neural tribe theory" of hyperpolyglots, arguing that they possess an atypical neurology that is selected by some environments and not others; presumably, there have always been humans walking around with that set of neurological traits or factors, only some of whom actually use those things for languages." - Michael Erard

"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

"My identity and my security are not in my spiritual progress. My identity and my security are in God's acceptance of me given as a gift in Christ." - J. D. Greear

"Each nation has an identity and destiny. As far as Bharat is concerned, Hindu is its identity and religion is its way of working" - Swami Vivekananda

"My identity and my security are not in my spiritual progress. My identity and my security are in God's acceptance of me given as a gift in Christ." - J. D. Greear

"The demand for racial (and sexual) justice gets reduced to politics of identity - and excoriating the so-called perpetrators of the identity politics." - Michael Eric Dyson

"Most Jews, like most rational persons, know that their personal identity and their ethnic identity are not one and the same." - David Novak

"Each human being has his or her own sexual identity and should be able to exercise that identity without guilt as long as they do not force that sexual identity on others." - Paulo Coelho

"You create identity, you're not given identity per se. What became more and more interesting to me wasn't the I, it was text because it's text that create identity. That's how I got interested in plagiarism." - Kathy Acker

"You have to be your own person. You can't let people's opinions determine how you think about yourself. There's a difference between identity and self-identity." - Amy Tan

"Then my life crashed and burned down: trials, men, drama, no self-love, no identity. A little identity, but not a lot of love for myself, my life." - Mary J Blige

"We have taken a physical identity so that we may express our divine identity. And every moment in our life provides us with an opportunity to do that." - Neale Donald Walsch

"I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity." - Brian Aldiss

"To me, the most interesting part of 'True Blood' is that the entire crux of the show is based on identity and finding your true identity." - Marshall Allman

"Identity is not inherent. It is shaped by circumstance and sensitivity and resistance to self-pity." - Dorothy West

"Reconciliation and forgiveness is inextricably linked to the identity and unity we develop as a nation." - Joni Madraiwiwi

"Brand handling synergy means developing and communicating your company's values and identity consistently." - Martin Lindstrom

"I'm Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style." - Owen Hart

"Performancism is the mindset that equates our identity and value directly with our performance and accomplishments." - Tullian Tchividjian

"Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide." - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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

"He said that if culture is a house, then language was the key to the front door; to all the rooms inside. Without it, he said, you ended up wayward, without a proper home or a legitimate identity." - Khaled Hosseini

"Truth is verifiable only by identity with it and not by knowing about it." - David Hawkins

"Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life." - Joseph Campbell

"Each human needs to find his or her timeless and formless essence identity" - Eckhart Tolle

"Perfume is a mark of female identity and the final touch of her style" - Christian Dior

"Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder" - Paul Ricoeur

"Your identity is like your shadow: not always visible and yet always present." - Fausto Cercignani

"Everyone has an identity. One of their own, and one for show." - Jacqueline Susann

"Your only identity is I AM undefined and infinite. Any label you give yourself limits yourself." - Deepak Chopra

"Every application will be designed from the ground up to use real identity and friends." - Mark Zuckerberg

"Percentages! Those are for economists, polls, and politicians. Percentages can't define your identity." - Mary E. Pearson

"The line is a whole, an identity, for a particular place and time." - Fred Sandback

"Your personal boundaries protect the inner core of your identity and your right to choices." - Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Identity is memory; when memory disappears, the self dissolves and love with it." - John Lahr

"Anybody who has an identity problem had better wise up and get with the program!" - Jack Handey

"The fullness of life comes from an identity built on giving and on joy." - Mary Pipher

"You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ." - Rick Warren

"Fiction is fun because you get to steal an identity and try to make it authentic." - Dan Chaon

"A corporation like Enron is a person with a legal identity and no ethical accountability." - Doug Berry

"Being alone in our present society raises an important question about identity and well-being." - Sara Maitland

"I march to a different drummer, whose location, identity, and musical training haven't yet been established." - Ashleigh Brilliant

"It's our landscape which defines our identity and it's what I'm most grateful for." - Mick Dodson

"Like other forms of stealing, identity theft leaves the victim poor and feeling terribly violated." - George W Bush

"That charity fund, inside and outside Scotland is a very important identity of Celtic Football Club." - Fergus McCann

"[A]n important new book. . . . Professor Akerlof and Rachel Kranton have invented Identity Economics." - Daniel Finkelstein

"Sometimes I try to lose my identity, and I can't get rid of it!" - Pat Metheny

"Religion is not and can not be all encompassing identity of an individual." - Amartya Sen

"A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Sport taught me how to goal set, it really gave me a voice and identity." - Mia Hamm

"If you dont love, youve lost your distinction, definition, uniqueness, and identity." - Judah Smith

"This story of loss and regaining of identity is, I think, the framework of all literature." - Northrop Frye

"For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity." - Mahmoud Darwish

"Consular cards are easily obtained with no proof of true identity and are easily forged." - Elton Gallegly

"Absolute nakedness was intrusive, confusing to the senses. Paradoxically, it both revealed and diminished identity." - P D James

"The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes." - Sallust

"Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity." - Ron Chernow

"History is prone to mistakes in identity, and facts are not always solid things." - Sarah Churchwell

"Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody." - Chris Evert

"Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"To me, at forty-four years old, my book was a search for truth and identity." - Melissa Gilbert

"Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder." - Paul Ricoeur

"I'm really interested in the intersection between reputation, identity, and knowledge." - Fred Wilson

"You can have Irish identity in the north and also have your Irish passport." - Seamus Heaney

"Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership." - Woodrow Wilson

"Therefore they should come to the table and reach an agreement that would protect their identity." - John Hume

"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

"Our identity was bestowed upon us by God and when humanity rebelled against God, we were divorced from the source of our identity. In this vacuum, work can wrongfully become the source of our identity wreaking havoc on our lives and work. Work was never meant to carry the weight of our identity." - David Kim

"When it comes to identity, that was an issue that plagued me for a lot of my life. It's something that I wanted to tap into. Film can really take you to other places, and sometimes that's necessary to understand your own identity or someone else's identity or just the issue of identity, in general. It takes you. It's borderless. It's boundless. It's universal." - Cherien Dabis

"I feel like I'm changing as a human being, and I think that the work needed to be in line with where I'm at. When I was younger and I was making political work, I was trying to figure out where my work fit in because when you're young you're like, "I don't know." I'm Latino, I grew up in Mexico, and so I thought that maybe I had to talk about those things. Then finally I didn't need my identity to rely on anymore. So now the work is becoming about more esoteric things, I guess - my own sort of language." - Fernando Mastrangelo

"Efficiency obliterates identity" - William Greider

"After all, what is your personal identity? It is what you really are, your real self. None of us is what he thinks he is, or what other people think he is, still less what his passport says he is And it is fortunate for most of us that we are mistaken. We do not generally know what is good for us. That is because, in St. Bernard's language, our true personality has been concealed under the 'disguise' of a false self, the ego, whom we tend to worship in place of God." - Thomas Merton

"I think that there are times when Puertoricans think, "Oh, we are blessed with the relationship with the U.S." But the end result will not be that. If Puerto Rico becomes similar to Hawaii - well, the Hawaiian Native population is about 9 percent. And if we go to the prisons, the overwhelming majority of the prisoners are the Natives. So I can anticipate that Puerto Ricans will not be better off by the annexation of the U.S. of Puerto Rico. I also know for a fact that once any nation or any people lose their identity, their language, their lifestyles, that they are a little dehumanized." - Oscar Lopez Rivera

"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

"Amazon's identity and goals are never clear and always fluid, which makes the company destabilizing and intimidating." - George Packer

"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

"If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms." - Abdolkarim Soroush

"The loss of illusions and the discovery of identity, though painful at first, can be ultimately exhilarating and strengthening." - Abraham Maslow

"Strengthening our identity is one way or reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being." - David Blunkett

"Here we meet, on the page, naked and unadorned: shorn of class, race, gender, sexual identity, age and nationality." - Will Self



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