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

"Language grows out of life, out of its needs and experiences...Language and knowledge are indissolubly connected; they are interdependent. Good work in language presupposes and depends on a real knowledge of things." - Anne Sullivan Macy

"We thus make a fundamental distinction between competence (the speaker-hearer's knowledge of his language) and performance (the actual use of language in concrete situations)." - Noam Chomsky

"Poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated." - Thomas Bulfinch

"Sexist language, racist language, theistic language - all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas." - Toni Morrison

"In strictness of language there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom; wisdom always supposing action, and action directed by it." - William Paley

"Accept loss forever. Be submissive to everything, open, listening. No fear or shame in the dignity of your experience, language, and knowledge. Be in love with your life." - Jack Kerouac

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination is the language of the soul. Pay attention to your imagination and you will discover all you need to be fulfilled." - Albert Einstein

"By a generative grammar I mean simply a system of rules that in some explicit and well-defined way assigns structural descriptions to sentences. Obviously, every speaker of a language has mastered and internalized a generative grammar that expresses his knowledge of his language. This is not to say that he is aware of the rules of the grammar or even that he can become aware of them, or that his statements about his intuitive knowledge of the language are necessarily accurate." - Noam Chomsky

"Braille is knowledge, and knowledge is power." - Louis Braille

"We do not for example say that the person has a perfect knowledge of some language L similar to English but still different from it. What we say is that the child or foreigner has a 'partial knowledge of English' or is 'on his or her way' towards acquiring knowledge of English, and if they reach this goal, they will then know English." - Noam Chomsky

"When we developed written language, we significantly increased our functional memory and our ability to share insights and knowledge across time and space. The same thing happened with the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the radio." - Jamais Cascio

"No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge" - Jack Kerouac

"Language does not stand still. Surprisingly, despite this knowledge, most speakers are fearful of change." - Peter Farb

"Art is a language, an instrument of knowledge, an instrument of communication." - Jean Dubuffet

"Nobody is capable of of free speech unless he knows how to use language, and such knowledge is not a gift: it has to learned and worked at. [p.93]" - Northrop Frye

"Metaphor is our mental root of imagination and language. Arnold Kozak offers fertile metaphors for growing your knowledge of the Buddhadharma. If you contemplate these brief stories, your emotional intelligence and mindfulness will develop effortlessly from the insights they provide." - Polly Young-Eisendrath

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

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

"No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Just as surely as every new language mastered opens up a new world, so knowledge of a Beethoven, a Chopin, or a Schumann opens up a new world in spiritual beauty and thought." - Ignacy Jan Paderewski

"In the particular presence of memorable language we can find a reminder of our ability to know and retain knowledge itself: the brightness wherein all things come to see." - Robert Pinsky

"If you don't have at least a working knowledge of the Hawaiian language... you can't chant well. You cannot... receive the images of poetry paints for you. It's like having peas and no pod." - Keali'i Reichel

"If you do' have at least a working knowledge of the Hawaiian language... you ca' chant well. You cannot... receive the images of poetry paints for you. It's like having peas and no pod." - Keali'i Reichel

"Meaning is made in conversation, reality is created in communication, and knowledge is generated through social interaction.... Language is the vehicle through which we create our understanding of the world." - Diana Whitney

"Of all the superstitions that affect India, none is so great as that a knowledge of the English language is necessary for imbibing ideas of liberty and developing accuracy to thought." - Mahatma Gandhi

"when Christian theology becomes traditionalism and men fail to hold and use it as they do a living language, it becomes an obstacle, not a help to religious conviction. To the greatest of the early Fathers and the great scholastics theology was a language which, like all language, had a grammar and a vocabulary from the past, but which they used to express all the knowledge and experience of their own time as well." - Lily Dougall

"Language surely does affect our thoughts, rather than just labeling them for the sake of labeling them. Most obviously, language is the conduit through which people share their thoughts and intentions and thereby acquire the knowledge, customs, and values of those around them."" - Steven Pinker

"Man is the namer; by this we recognize that through him pure language speaks. All nature, insofar as it communicates itself, communicates itself in language, and so finally in man. Hence, he is the lord of nature and can give names to things. Only through the linguistic being of things can he get beyond himself and attain knowledge of them-in the name. God's creation is completed when things receive their names from man, from whom in name language alone speaks." - Walter Benjamin

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

"Everything that is true is authentic. When we were born, we did not have knowledge. As soon as we have language, we learn to describe everything through that language and we learn to be like our family, our parents, those at school, etc." - Miguel Angel Ruiz

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." - Toni Morrison

"If knowledge is power and power corrupt, does knowledge corrupt?" - James Moore

"Information is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom." - James Gleick

"I never taught language for the purpose of teaching it; but invariably used language as a medium for the communication of thought; thus the learning of language was coincident with the acquisition of knowledge." - Anne Sullivan Macy

"UG [universal grammar] may be regarded as a characterization of the genetically determined language faculty. One may think of thisfaculty as a 'language acquisition device,' an innate component of the human mind that yields a particular language through interaction with present experience, a device that converts experience into a system of knowledge attained: knowledge of one or another language." - Noam Chomsky

"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

"By the time the child can draw more that scribble, by the age of four or five years, an already well-formed body of conceptual knowledge formulated in language dominates his memory and controls his graphic work. Drawings are graphic accounts of essentially verbal processes. As an essentially verbal education gains control, the child abandons his graphic efforts and relies almost entirely on words. Language has first spoilt drawing and then swallowed it up completely." - Karl Buhler

"I am mainly concerned with unqualified knowledge, by contrast with the varieties of expert knowledge: scientific knowledge of various sorts, legal knowledge, medically expert knowledge, and so on." - Ernest Sosa

"Once a century, all of a certain kind of bamboo flower on the same day. Whether they are in Malaysia or in a greenhouse in Minnesota makes no difference, nor does the age or size of the plant. They flower. Some current of an inner language passes between them, through space and separation, in ways we cannot explain in our language. They are all, somehow, one plant, each with a share of communal knowledge." - Linda Hogan

"In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs-in spite of things silently gone out of mind, and things violently destroyed, the Poet binds together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society, as it is spread over the whole earth, and over all time." - William Wordsworth

"So is not mathematical analysis then not just a vain game of the mind? To the physicist it can only give a convenient language; but isn't that a mediocre service, which after all we could have done without; and, it is not even to be feared that this artificial language be a veil, interposed between reality and the physicist's eye? Far from that, without this language most of the initimate analogies of things would forever have remained unknown to us; and we would never have had knowledge of the internal harmony of the world, which is, as we shall see, the only true objective reality." - Henri Poincare

"Of the properties of mathematics, as a language, the most peculiar one is that by playing formal games with an input mathematical text, one can get an output text which seemingly carries new knowledge. The basic examples are furnished by scientific or technological calculations: general laws plus initial conditions produce predictions, often only after time-consuming and computer-aided work. One can say that the input contains an implicit knowledge which is thereby made explicit." - Yuri Ivanovich Manin

"The significance of language for the evolution of culture lies in this, that mankind set up in language a separate world beside the other world, a place it took to be so firmly set that, standing upon it, it could lift the rest of the world off its hinges and make itself master of it. To the extent that man has for long ages believed in the concepts and names of things as in aeternae veritates he has appropriated to himself that pride by which he raised himself above the animal: he really thought that in language he possessed knowledge of the world." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"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

"The government that governs from afar absolutely requires that the truth and the facts reach its knowledge by every possible channel, so that it may weigh and estimate them better, and this need increases when a country like the Philippines is concerned, where the inhabitants speak and complain in a language unknown to the authorities." - Jose Rizal

"Language allows us to talk about the past and plan the future. We can teach children about things that are not present. And above all, we can bring people with different backgrounds and different knowledge together to discuss our problems. This actually gives me hope. I still think we are smart enough to not destroy planet Earth, our only home." - Jane Goodall

"Besides language and music, it [mathematics] is one of the primary manifestations of the free creative power of the human mind, and it is the universal organ for world understanding through theoretical construction. Mathematics must therefore remain an essential element of the knowledge and abilities which we have to teach, of the culture we have to transmit, to the next generation." - Hermann Weyl

"Blessings on Science! When the earth seem'd old, When Faith grew doting, and the Reason cold, 'Twas she discover'd that the world was young, And taught a language to its lisping tongue: 'Twas she disclosed a future to its view, And made old knowledge pale before the new." - Charles Mackay

"Eat by Choice, Not by Habit combines the author's humor, deep compassion for others and knowledge about food in a way that makes me eager to follow her lead toward healthy eating-and more importantly, toward a healthy attitude about eating. She aptly teaches us all to frame our food issues in a language that is both liberating and comforting." - Judith Hanson Lasater

"Seldom can two such epoch-making events have occurred in successive years as happened then. In 1453 the Turks stormed Constantinople and finally destroyed the Greek Empire, driving out Greek scholars, who carried the knowledge of Greek language and literature to the western world; and in 1454 the first document known to us appeared from the printing press at Mainz." - Frederic G. Kenyon

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

"Acquire knowledge, and learn tranquility and dignity." - Umar

"Knowledge is love and light and vision." - Helen Keller

"Command of English, spoken or written, ranks at the top in business. Our main product is words, so a knowledge of their meaning and spelling and pronunciation is imperative. If a man knows the language well, he can find out about all else." - William Feather

"Conversation is a traffick; and if you enter into it, without some stock of knowledge, to ballance the account perpetually betwixtyou,-the trade drops at once: and this is the reasonwhy travellers have so little [good] conversation with natives,-owing to their [the natives'] suspicionthat there is nothing to be extracted from the conversationworth the trouble of their bad language." - Laurence Sterne

"An image is a bridge between evoked emotion and conscious knowledge; words are the cables that hold up the bridge. Images are more direct, more immediate than words, and closer to the unconscious. Picture language precedes thinking in words; the metaphorical mind precedes analytical consciousness." - Gloria E. Anzald˙a

"Art is humanity's most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art and literature. We must give our children knowledge and understanding of civilization's most profound works." - Ernest L. Boyer

"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

"The laity ought to understand the faith, and since the doctrines of our faith are in the Scriptures, believers should have the Scriptures in a language familiar to the people, and to this end the Holy Ghost endued them with knowledge of all tongues." - John Wycliffe

"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

"When philosophers use a word-"knowledge," "being," "object," "I," "proposition," "name"-and try to grasp the essence of the thing, one must always ask oneself: is the word ever actually used in this way in the language-game which is its original home?-What we do is to bring words back from their metaphysical to their everyday use." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"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

"We do not know nearly as much as we should about how children learn language, but if there is one thing we can say with assurance it is that knowledge of grammatical nomenclature and skill in sentence-parsing have no bearing whatsoever on the process." - Neil Postman

"Oh! It is only a novel!...' in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language." - Jane Austen

"It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language" - Jane Austen

"I'm open to reading almost anything - fiction, nonfiction - as long as I know from the first sentence or two that this is a voice I want to listen to for a good long while. It has much to do with imagery and language, a particular perspective, the assured knowledge of the particular universe the writer has created." - Amy Tan

"Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness." - Baltasar Gracian

"Chess is not only knowledge and logic" - Alexander Alekhine

"Abandon knowledge and your worries are over." - Laozi

"Knowledge and belief are sometimes worlds apart." - Josh James

"Knowledge is Power, and it's very lightweight." - Cody Lundin

"It is practice first, and knowledge afterwards." - Swami Vivekananda

"Acquire knowledge and teach it to people." - Umar

"Share your knowledge and you become immortal." - H Jackson Brown Jr

"Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery" - Miles Davis

"Where knowledge ends... feeling and imagination begin." - Neville Goddard

"Wisdom and knowledge are two different things." - Roger Housden

"Knowledge is immensely powerful and immensely useful." - Roger Housden

"Time, and Industry, produce everyday new knowledge." - Thomas Hobbes

"I analyze religious knowledge and consciousness." - Youssef Ziedan

"Chess is not only knowledge and logic." - Alexander Alekhine

"Knowledge and human power are synonymous." - Francis Bacon

"Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved." - Thucydides

"That knowledge which purifies the mind and heart alone is true Knowledge, all else is only a negation of Knowledge." - Ramakrishna

"Sense-perceptions can only be indirect knowledge, and not direct knowledge. Only one's own awareness is direct knowledge." - Ramana Maharshi

"Engineers use knowledge primarily to design, produce, and operate artifacts. ... Scientists, by contrast, use knowledge primarily to generate more knowledge." - Walter Guido Vincenti

"Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense, and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is . . . In knowledge there is power." - Joseph Smith Jr

"Human existence is based upon two pillars: Compassion and knowledge. Compassion without knowledge is ineffective; knowledge without compassion is inhuman." - Victor Frederick Weisskopf

"He who speaks a bit of a foreign language has more delight in it than he who speaks it well; pleasure goes along with superficial knowledge." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"There has never been a time when there has been no person in Cornwall without a knowledge of the Cornish language." - Henry Jenner

"for it was not knowledge but unity that she desired, not inscriptions on tablets, nothing that could be written in any language known to men, but intimacy itself, which is knowledge" - Virginia Woolf

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." - Samuel Johnson

"The goal of mankind is knowledge ... Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man 'knows', should, in strict psychological language, be what he 'discovers' or 'unveils'; what man 'learns' is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge." - Swami Vivekananda

"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

"Vague and mysterious forms of speech, and abuse of language, have so long passed for mysteries of science; and hard or misapplied words with little or no meaning have, by prescription, such a right to be mistaken for deep learning and height of speculation, that it will not be easy to persuade either those who speak or those who hear them, that they are but the covers of ignorance and hindrance of true knowledge." - John Locke

"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

"And what word is knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge?" - Khalil Gibran

"Knowledge is the antidote to fear,- Knowledge, Use and Reason, with its higher aids." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If knowledge is power, clandestine knowledge is power squared; it can be withheld, exchanged, and leveraged." - Letty Cottin Pogrebin

"Knowledge and ego are directly related. the less knowledge, the greater the ego" - Albert Einstein

"Knowledge is power, and the right knowledge lets man perform miraculous, almost godlike tasks." - Dan Brown

"Knowledge of life brings confidence. Knowledge of death makes you fearless and centered." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"The tree of Knowledge is a Tree of Knowledge of good and evil." - Henry David Thoreau

"Through practice comes Yoga, through Yoga comes knowledge, through knowledge love, and through love bliss." - Swami Vivekananda

"All explicit knowledge is translated knowledge, and all translation is imperfect." - Patrick Rothfuss

"Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Knowledge is the antidote to fear, - Knowledge, Use and Reason, with its higher aids." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self." - John Calvin

"Knowledge is promiscuous. It mates and gives birth to more knowledge." - Alvin Toffler

"Knowledge does away with darkness, [anxiety], and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Knowledge without action is wastefulness and action without knowledge is foolishness." - Al-Ghazali

"Truth is not found by knowledge, it is found by silence. And knowledge is noisy." - Rajneesh

"You cannot judge any man beyond your knowledge of him, and how small is your knowledge." - Khalil Gibran

"Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile." - Abu Bakr

"Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge." - Nate Silver

"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

"While the business of education in Europe consists in lectures upon the ruins of Palmyra and the antiquities of Herculaneum, or in disputes about Hebrew points, Greek particles, or the accent and quantity of the Roman language, the youth of America will be employed in acquiring those branches of knowledge which increase the conveniences of life, lessen human misery, improve our country, promote population, exalt the human understanding, and establish domestic social and political happiness." - Benjamin Rush

"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

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

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

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



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