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"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Language is the picture and counterpart of thought." - Mark Hopkins

"Clear language engenders clear thought, and clear thought is the most important benefit of education." - Richard Mitchell

"Sloppy language leads to sloppy thought, and sloppy thought to sloppy legislation." - Dick Cavett

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

"Loose language suggests loose thought." - Anthony Daniels (psychiatrist)

"You need language for thought, and you need language to anticipate death. There is no abstract thought without language and no anticipation. I think the anticipation of death without language would be impossible." - David Cronenberg

"If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do." - Daniel Kahneman

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation, even among people who should and do know better." - George Orwell

"If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better." - George Orwell

"Control language and you control thought; control thought and you control action; control action and you control the world." - Peter Kreeft

"Thought is metaphoric, and proceeds by comparison, and the metaphors of language derive therefrom." - I. A. Richards

"Language and our thought-grooves are inextricably interwoven, are, in a sense, one and the same." - Edward Sapir

"Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought." - William James

"The communication of ideas requires a similitude of thought and language . . ." - Edward Gibbon

"Profound thought is conveyed in language of very great simplicity and purity." - Charlotte Mason

"Expression and thought are inextricably linked: crude language permits only crude thinking." - Sarah Churchwell

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

"Language is our body and our breath, our world and our thought, our perception and even out unconscious." - Philippe Sollers

"To transform experience and thought into language and narrative - that is beautiful even if that beauty is in brokenness." - Alice Sebold

"It's a precious thing to be communicating to children, helping them discover the gift of language and thought." - Richard Scarry

"Thought is prior to language and consists in the simultaneous presentation to the mind of two different images." - T. E. Hulme

"Our exclusive dependence on rational thought and language has obscured our natural ability to sense the flow of energy." - Ilchi Lee

"Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true." - Salman Rushdie

"Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking." - Humphry Davy

"Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Ownership of thought depends on the thinker not subordinating himself to a 'ruling thought'. This is particularly difficult, argues Stirner, ... for language itself is a network of 'fixed ideas'. Truths emerge only when language is reworked and possessed individually." - John Carroll

"To speak well supposes a habit of attention which shows itself in the thought; by language we learn to think, and above all to develop thought." - Carl Victor De Bonstetten

"Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"Reading and writing and the preservation of language and its forms and the kind of eloquence and the kind of beauty which the language is capable of is terribly important to the human beings because this is connected to thought." - Iris Murdoch

"We think in language. We think in words. Language is the landscape of thought." - George Carlin

"TV shapes thought as surely as language shapes it." - Jennifer Stone

"Language is the close-fitting dress of thought." - Richard Chenevix Trench

"Clarity in language depends on clarity in thought." - Arthur M Schlesinger Jr

"Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula." - Ferdinand De Saussure

"Language is froth on the surface of thought." - John Mccarthy

"Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden." - Karl Kraus

"People do not think in English or Chinese or Apache; they think in a language of thought. This language of thought probably looks a bit like all these languagesBut compared with any given language, mentalese must be richer in some ways and simpler in others." - Steven Pinker

"When we attempt to define and describe God, both language and thought desert us, and we are as helpless as fools and savages." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Reality prior to my language exists as an unthinkable thought.... life precedes love, bodily matter precedes the body, and one day in its turn language shall have preceded possession of silence." - Clarice Lispector

"Reality prior to my language exists as an unthinkable thought. . . . life precedes love, bodily matter precedes the body, and one day in its turn language shall have preceded possession of silence." - Clarice Lispector

"Language is handy, but we humans have social and emotional connections that transcend words and are communicated - and understood - without conscious thought." - Leonard Mlodinow

"Language can... be compared with a sheet of paper: thought is the front and the sound the back; one cannot cut the front without cutting the back at the same time; likewise in language, one can neither divide sound from thought nor thought from sound; the division could be accomplished only abstractedly, and the result would be either pure psychology or pure phonology." - Ferdinand De Saussure

"A fine thought in fine language is a most precious jewel, and should not be hid away, but be exposed for use and ornament." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Thought and speech are inseparable from each other. Matter and expression are parts of one; style is a thinking out into language." - John Henry Newman

"The immense value of becoming acquainted with a foreign language is that we are thereby led into a new world of tradition and thought and feeling." - Havelock Ellis

"Words being arbitrary must owe their power to association, and have the influence, and that only, which custom has given them. Language is the dress of thought." - Samuel Johnson

"Painting with all its technicalities, difficulties, and peculiar ends, is nothing but a noble and expressive language, invaluable as the vehicle of thought, but by itself nothing." - John Ruskin

"I have drawn from the well of language many a thought which I do not have and which I could not put into words." - Karl Kraus

"This is how it always is when I finish a poem. A great silence overcomes me and I wonder why I ever thought to use language." - Rumi

"Observe how every truth and every error, each a thought of someone's mind, clothes itself with societies, houses, cities, language, ceremonies, newspapers" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted." - George Boole

"The truth of no truths becomes, inevitably, truth: a way of naming being, language, and culture that guards the boundaries of thought against claims it has not validated." - David Bentley

"Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting." - Francis Schaeffer

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

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

"One must not consider a language as a product dead, and formed but once; it is an animate being, and ever creative. Human thought elaborates itself with the progress of intelligence; and of this thought language is a manifestation. An idiom cannot therefore remain stationary; it walks, it develops, it grows up, it fortifies itself, it becomes old, and it reaches decrepitude." - Wilhelm Von Humboldt

"I had never thought about what it might mean to be deaf, to be deprived of language, or to have a remarkable language (and community and culture) of one's own. Up to this point, I had mostly thought and written about the problems of individuals-here I was to encounter an entire community." - Oliver Sacks

"I had never thought about what it might mean to be deaf, to be deprived of language, or to have a remarkable language (and community and culture) of one's own. Up to this point, I had mostly thought and written about the problems of individuals-here I was to encounter an entire community." - Oliver Sacks

"I had never thought about what it might mean to be deaf, to be deprived of language, or to have a remarkable language (and community and culture) of one's own. Up to this point, I had mostly thought and written about the problems of individuals-here I was to encounter an entire community." - Oliver Sacks

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

"There is a pretty interesting document called 'action writing.' Which is not all about spontaneity and first thought, best thought,' but a certain kind of attention to the smallest increments of the phonemes of language, The kind of power of connection, what he is able to do with language." - Anne Waldman

"It is not humanly possible to gather immediately from it what the logic of language is. Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Language is called the garment of thought: however, it should rather be, language is the flesh-garment, the body, of thought." - Thomas Carlyle

"The woof and warp of all thought and all research is symbols, and the life of thought and science is the life inherent in symbols; so that it is wrong to say that a good language is important to good thought, merely; for it is the essence of it." - Charles Sanders Peirce

"Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before." - W H Auden

"Eutrapelia. A happy and gracious flexibility, Pericles calls this quality of the Athenians...lucidity of thought, clearness and propriety of language, freedom from prejudice and freedom from stiffness, openness of mind, amiability of manners." - Matthew Arnold

"Eutrapelia . "A happy and gracious flexibility," Pericles calls this quality of the Athenians...lucidity of thought, clearness and propriety of language, freedom from prejudice and freedom from stiffness, openness of mind, amiability of manners." - Matthew Arnold

"Possible ideas and thoughts are vast in number. A distinct word for every distinct idea and thought would require a vast vocabulary. The problem in language is to express many ideas and thoughts with comparatively few words." - John Wesley Powell

"Let language be the divining rod that finds the sources of thought." - Karl Kraus

"Language is the dress of thought; every time you talk your mind is on parade." - Samuel Johnson

"The structure of language determines not only thought, but reality itself." - Noam Chomsky

"Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Poetry is the music of thought, conveyed to us in music of language." - Horace Smith

"I turned to photography because I thought it was the dominant language of our culture." - Sarah Charlesworth

"There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language" - George Orwell

"Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought." - Elizabeth Bowen

"The thought of today cannot be expressed in the language of yesterday." - Lawren Harris

"I thought it was respectful to each country to sing in their language." - Nana Mouskouri

"Real change comes when people are enabled to use their thinking and their energy in a new way, using a different system of thought, different language, and having fresh visions of the future." - Scilla Elworthy

"Metaphor is pervasive in everyday life, not just in language but in thought and action. Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature." - George Lakoff

"In contrast to the written account-which, depending on its complexity of thought, reference, and vocabulary, is pitched at a larger or smaller readership-a photograph has only one language and is destined potentially for all." - Susan Sontag

"In fact, is beginning to use a lot of the language and phraseology that we have used. In fact, I think I saw Hillary Clinton TV ad, and I thought it was me." - Hillary Clinton

"Our language is the product of ... extraordinary thought and philosophical greatness. ... There is a lifetime and more of study here, which would turn our impoverishing certitudes into humanizing doubts." - Allan Bloom

"That means presenting the issues in certain ways that will appeal to those people and then becoming a prisoner of your own language and thought process. That has always happened - it's just been intensified." - Robert Scheer

"Chimps can do all sorts of things we thought that only we could do - like tool-making and abstraction and generalisation. They can learn a language - sign language - and they can use the signs. But when you think of our intellects, even the brightest chimp looks like a very small child." - Jane Goodall

"The important thing is to be able to understand anyone who has something useful to say. - There is a general moral here. Be very careful and very clear about what you say. But do not be dogmatic about your own language. Be prepared to express any careful thought in the language your audience will understand. And be prepared to learn from someone who talks a language with which you are not familiar." - Ian Hacking

"Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it." - Hannah Arendt

"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

"[Language allows you] to implant a thought from your mind directly into someone else's mind, and they can attempt to do the same to you, without either of you having to perform surgery." - Mark Pagel

"I wondered if all of us churchgoers were just exhausted by grief. For the dying priest and us, I thought, "God" always refused to become glorious, instead stubbornly remaining plain, a headache, a sorrowful knot of language." - Virginia Heffernan

"Reality is beyond speech and thought. Only that which can be expressed in words is being said. But what cannot be put into language is indeed That which IS." - Anandamayi Ma

"Somebody out there was trying to use my language and trying to speak for me. Rather than have that happen, I thought I'd do it myself. It's a fun thing. It's a way for fans to connect." - Shaquille O'Neal

"The men who act stand nearer to the mass of man than the men who write; and it is in their hands that new thought gets its translation into the crude language of deeds." - Woodrow Wilson

"I'm proposing on one level that hallucinogens be thought of as almost as social pheromones that regulate the rate at which language develops, and therefore regulate human culture generally." - Terence Mckenna

"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

"Even, she thought, even without the gift of witchsight, there was more beauty to be found in the world than could ever be snared in language or music. And with the sight..." - Charles De Lint

"Regarding language as an apparatus of symbols for the conveyance of thought, we may say that, as in a mechanical apparatus, the more simple and the better arranged its parts, the greater will be the effect produced." - Herbert Spencer

"The properties of executability and universality associated with programming languages can be combined, in a single language, with the well-known properties of mathematical notation which make it such an effective tool of thought." - Kenneth E. Iverson

"All the dialogue on tape, and we'd play the tape in performance. Then I thought it'd be interesting if the actor's repeated what they heard on the tape, but at a slower speed, so we'd get a web of language." - Richard Foreman

"At eight, I made a commitment to poetry. Until then, I thought I'd be a policeman. But I went a whole night without sleeping, and the next day the world had changed. It needed a different language." - Alice Oswald

"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

"I'm chasing a kind of language that can be unburdened by people's expectations. I think music is the primary model-how close can you get this language to be like music and communicate feeling at the base level in the same way a composition with no words communicates meaning? It might be impossible. Language is always burdened by thought. I'm just trying to get it so it can be like feeling." - Terrance Hayes

"There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other-by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought." - Oscar Wilde

"There is no mode of action, no form of emotion, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other - by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought." - Oscar Wilde

"Moreover, metaphor is typically viewed as characteristic of language alone, a matter of words rather than thought or action. For this reason, most people think they can get along perfectly well without metaphor. We have found, on the contrary, that metaphor is pervasive in everyday life, not just in language but in thought and action. Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature." - George Lakoff

"I watched the gorilla's eyes again, wise and knowing eyes, and wondered about this business of trying to teach apes language. Our language. Why? There are many members of our own species who live in and with the forest and know it and understand it. We don't listen to them. What is there to suggest we would listen to anything an ape could tell us? Or that it would be able to tell us of its life in a language that hasn't been born of that life? I thought, maybe it is not that they have yet to gain a language, it is that we have lost one." - Douglas Adams

"Dr. Adler had instructed me to always say whatever I was thinking, but this was difficult for me, for the act of thinking and the act of articulating those thoughts were not synchronous to me, or even necessarily consecutive. I knew that I thought and spoke in the same language and that theoretically there should be no reason why I could not express my thoughts as they occurred or soon thereafter, but the language in which I thought and the language in which I spoke, though both English, often seemed divided by a gap that could not be simultaneously, or even retrospectively, bridged." - Peter Cameron

"I once volunteered to teach English as a second language, and I thought that I would have all these intense relationships with all these people from other worlds. Then you get there, and it's like, 'This is a pencil. This is a pencil' And afterward, you like, 'It's so depressing. This isn't what I imagined! I thought this would be more glorious.'" - Mike White

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

"I remember I was really into this British band, The Vapors, with that song "Turning Japanese." I thought that they were really next level genius cryptic weirdos. And then I realized when I got older they are just using a lot of British words, and I didn't know what they meant. But I thought, Oh, they are making up their own language." - Craig Finn

"Poetry is a second translation of the soul's feeling; it must be rendered into thought, and thought must change its nebulous robe of semi-wording into definite language, before it reaches another heart. Music is a first translation of feeling, needing no second, but entering the heart direct." - Frances Ridley Havergal

"Language fails not because thought fails, but because no verbal symbols can do justice to the fullness and richness of thought. Ifwe are to continue talking about "data" in any other sense than as reflective distinctions, the original datum is always such a qualitative whole." - John Dewey

"The words of language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. The physical entities which seem to serve as elements in thought are certain signs and more or less clear images." - Albert Einstein

"Thought without language, says Lavelle, would not be a purer thought; it would be no more than the intention to think. And his last book offers a theory of expressiveness which makes of expression not "a faithful image of an already realized interior being, but the very means by which it is realized." - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

"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

"Happiness quells thought. And work quells thought." - Graham Swift

"Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action." - Paul J Meyer

"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

"I thought why not write a kind of mystery, murder, thriller book, but use romance language where the language plays completely against the very dark subject matter, that very strange murderous plot, but use that Harlequin Romance language." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it." - Bertrand Russell

"There are no simple words. I don't know why I thought I could hide anything behind language." - Patricia A. McKillip

"You're kidding. I thought all geniuses read Latin. Isn't that the international language for smart people?"-Shane (Glass Houses)" - Rachel Caine

"I thought: pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language." - Muriel Barbery

"I'd thought I knew what beauty was in women; but she'd surpassed all the language I had for it." - Anne Rice

"The unfortunate are not as miserable as the world imagines. That urchins, the handicapped, orphans, prisoners and others are much happier than people think. And that language is a trap, that a dark evolutionary force has created languages to limit human thought. That writers are overrated fools. That all religions come from ancient comic writers. And the ultimate goal of comics is same as the purpose of humanity - to break free from language." - Manu Joseph

"For a while I felt like I spoke a different language than my immediate family. It wasn't until my teens that I met and got to know better members of my extended family (my cousin Alma in particular) that self- identified as artists. Something in us clicked together; in the way we thought, in the language we chose to use, in what we enjoyed. She helped me see and appreciate a lot both about myself and my loved ones." - E.J. Bonilla

"Never try to impress people with the profundity of your thought by the obscurity of your language. Whatever has been thoroughly thought through can be stated simply." - Anonymous

"I remember reading once that some fellows use language to conceal thought; but it's been my experience that a good many more use it instead of thought." - George Horace Lorimer

"Gene Wolfe is the greatest writer in the English language alive today. Let me repeat that: Gene Wolfe is the greatest writer in the English language alive today! I mean it. Shakespeare was a better stylist, Melville was more important to American letters, and Charles Dickens had a defter hand at creating characters. But among living writers, there is nobody who can even approach Gene Wolfe for brilliance of prose, clarity of thought, and depth in meaning" - Michael Swanwick

"There is no reason to believe ... that the "essential purpose" of language is "communication". ... Language can be used to transmit information, but it also serves many other purposes: to establish relations among people, to express or clarify thought, for play, for creative mental activity, to gain understanding, and so on. In my opinion, there is no reason to accord privileged status to one or the other of these modes." - Noam Chomsky

"Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language. It is essentially a written language, and it endeavors to exemplify in its written structures the patterns which it is its purpose to convey. The pattern of the marks on paper is a particular instance of the pattern to be conveyed to thought. The algebraic method is our best approach to the expression of necessity, by reason of its reduction of accident to the ghostlike character of the real variable." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Language would have evolved first as an internal object, a kind of "language of thought" (LOT), with externalisation (hence communication) an ancillary process. I can't review here the strong and growing evidence to support this conclusion, but I have elsewhere. There are ample reasons why having a LOT would confer selectional advantage: the person so endowed could plan, interpret, reflect, etc., in ways denied to others." - Noam Chomsky

"People in Israel would write in a high register, they wouldn't write colloquial speech. I do a special take on colloquial speech. When I started writing, I thought [the language] was telling the story of this country: old people in a young nation, very religious, very conservative, very tight-assed, but also very anarchistic, very open-minded. It's all in the language, and that's one thing that doesn't translate." - Etgar Keret



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