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"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

"We need to understand that every time an elementary teacher captures the imagination of a child through the arts or music of language this nation gets a little stronger." - Richard Riley

"Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems." - Michelle Obama

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"Language changes very fast." - John Maynard Smith

"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

"The autobiographical self has prompted extended memory, reasoning, imagination, creativity and language. And out of that came the instruments of culture - religions, justice, trade, the arts, science, technology." - Antonio Damasio

"To rob, to ravage, to murder, in their imposing language, are the arts of civil policy. When they have made the world a solitude, they call it peace." - Tacitus

"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 arts, like language, emerged spontaneously and universally in similar forms across cultures, employing imaginative and intellectual capacities that had clear survival value." - Denis Dutton

"Journalism students need to understand it and need a solid background in the liberal arts, in sociology, economics, literature and language, because they won't get it later on." - Harrison Salisbury

"I realized with grief that purposeless activities in language arts are probably the burial grounds of language development and that coffins can be found in most classrooms, including mine." - Mem Fox

"Sometimes language is not enough." - Justin Adams

"Irish is a leprechaun language." - Sammy Wilson

"Martial arts is not about fighting; it's about building character." - Robert Foster Bennett

"All language is a longing for home." - Rumi

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

"Nature is a language - can't you read?" - Steven Morrissey

"JS will be a real functional language." - Douglas Crockford

"The language of God is Mystery." - Kedar Joshi

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

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

"Everyone smiles in the same language." - Anonymous

"Laughter is the language of the soul." - Pablo Neruda

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

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

"The eyes have one language everywhere." - George Herbert

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

"The poem is not only the point of origin for all the language and narrative arts, the poem returns us to the very social function of art as such." - Ron Silliman

"The arts make vivid the fact that words do not, in their literal form or number, exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition." - Elliot W. Eisner

"Environment-based education produces student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math; improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages; and develops skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making." - Richard Louv

"In this primitive and abject state [of hunters and gatherers], which ill deserves the name of society, the human brute, without arts or laws, almost without sense or language, is poorly distinguished from the rest of the animal creation." - Edward Gibbon

"Scientific research and other studies have demonstrated that arts education can enhance American students' math and language skills and improve test scores which in turn increase chances of higher education and good jobs in the future." - Thad Cochran

"The saying 'the arts aid the body' is for samurai of other regions. For samurai of the Nabeshima clan the arts bring ruin to the body." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo

"The arts of peace and the arts of war are like two wheels of a cart which, lacking one, will have difficulty in standing." - Kuroda Nagamasa

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

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

"All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life." - Mary Caroline Richards

"The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself." - W. W. Dumas

"I discovered martial arts . . ." - Dolph Lundgren

"I love the arts." - Columba Bush

"It took a pretty drastic moment to shift my thinking towards visual arts. I got to a moment in my writing career when I wasn't trusting the language, I was really not trusting the written language, the English language. How do you work with a material that you don't have trust in? I had to step away from it and find another way of articulating and I had to do it without words." - Truong Tran

"The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts lift us up." - Barbara Jordan

"It's now up to the states to figure out how they implement that definition of a well-rounded education, in other words, where they spend federal funds. The new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, has suggestions like computer science, health, foreign language and geography. So there's no guarantee the arts will now flourish. Arts advocates are ready to help states and school districts with their plans." - Elizabeth Blair Lee

"I want to find a language that transforms language itself into steel for the spirit-a language to use against these sparkling insects, these jets." - Mahmoud Darwish

"There is no language that love does not speak." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Music begins where the possibilities of language end." - Jean Sibelius

"Jazz music is a language of the emotions." - Charles Mingus

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

"For me, myth is the 'common' language of us all." - Janet Morris

"The most important word in the English language is hope." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"I want to understand you, I study your obscure language." - Alexander Pushkin

"No, she wasn't losing language. She was choking on it." - Gregory Maguire

"God is gracious beyond the power of language to describe." - Francis Asbury

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

"Language is a very difficult thing to put into words." - Voltaire

"At every moment where language can't go, that's your mind." - Bodhidharma

"Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing." - Mark Twain

"Philosophical problems arise when language goes on holiday" - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"JavaScript is the world's most misunderstood programming language." - Douglas Crockford

"Language is a virus, money is a nasty disease." - Jonathan Barnbrook

"It is the distance between us that creates language." - Robin Skelton

"Power floats like money, like language, like theory." - Jean Baudrillard

"Doing TV is a different kind of language." - Tim Roth

"Language is as fragile as the little alpine plant." - Martha Ronk

"Ordinary language blinkers the already feeble imagination. -Austin, Papers 68." - J L Austin

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket." - William Golding

"I dislike pastiche; it attracts attention to the language only." - Hilary Mantel

"Well it is sometimes difficult to act in another language." - Sophie Marceau

"I want a language that speaks the truth." - Studs Terkel

"The culture cannot evolve faster than the language. The language is the flashlight that shows the path." - Terence Mckenna

"I'm a martial arts buff, so anything martial arts." - Noah Hathaway

"Creative Arts raise a person to another level of consciousness as if you could imagine life before words." - Charlie Haden

"The arts can bring the heart to the aid of the head, the personal to the political." - Scilla Elworthy

"New arts destroy the old." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The inglorious arts of peace." - Andrew Marvell

"The arts babblative and scribblative." - Robert Southey

"I'm a liberal arts junkie." - Mary Chapin Carpenter

"I like arts and crafts." - Penny Marshall

"Slavery discourages arts and manufactures." - George Mason

"The arts saved my life." - Michael K Williams

"The arts, instead of quaking along the periphery of our policy concerns, must push boldly into the core of policy. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature and help to shape our identity. The arts are not a frill and should not be treated as such. They have the potential to become the driving force for healing division and divisiveness." - Barbara Jordan

"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

"What love is to man, music is to the arts and to mankind. Music is love itself, - it is the purest, most ethereal language of passion, showing in a thousand ways all possible changes of colour and feeling; and though true in only a single instance, it yet can be understood by thousands of men - who all feel differently." - Carl Maria Von Weber

"To rob, to ravage, to murder, in their imposing language, are the arts of civil policy. When they have made the world a solitude, they call it peace. [Lat., Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium, atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.]" - Tacitus

"I'm very interested in the materiality of language. I wonder if, perhaps, this comes from my background in the visual arts. I was a potter for a number of years and earned a BFA in art before going to graduate school for creative writing." - Anna Journey

"In truth, the best long-term explanations about our ancient counterparts can be found in the paintings, sculpture, crafts, tools of utility, language and architecture left behind. These are the building blocks of civilization we call culture. These are what we call 'the arts." - Edward J. Fraughton

"What love is to man, music is to the arts and to mankind. Music is love itself - it is the purest, most ethereal language of passion, showing in a thousand ways all possible changes of color and feeling; and though true in only a single instance, it yet can be understood by thousands of men - who all feel differently." - Carl Maria Von Weber

"All of the arts are kin - music and sculpture and dance, those are wordless art forms. But poetry is defined by language. Of course, each art is distinct, and has its own character - not just in terms of media, but in terms of what seems to lie at the heart of it." - Campbell McGrath

"We switch to another language- not our invented language or the language we've learned from our lives. As we walk further up the mountain, we speak the language of silence. This language gives us time to think and move. We can be here and elsewhere at the same time." - David Levithan

"I love communicating with people, and sometimes language is not enough. I think that's what poetry is, where you can mess with language and get through to things that can't be described or communicated through regular language or scientific processes." - Justin Adams

"There is another language beyond language, another place beyond heaven and hell. Precious gems come from another mine, the heart draws light from another source." - Rumi

"Isn't the most sensitive point of this mourning the fact that I must lose a language - the amorous language? No more 'I love you's." - Roland Barthes

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

"There is only one caste... the caste of humanity. There is only one religion... the religion of love. There is only one language... the language of the heart." - Sathya Sai Baba

"There is a great beauty in every language and there is a great language in every beauty! Be silent and listen to them!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"How amazing that the language of a few thousand savages living on a fog-encrusted island in the North Sea should become the language of the world." - Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley

"My interest in language is steadfast, but I think each project and its accompanying intentions dictate how language must be used." - Vivek Shraya

"A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Only one thing remained reachable, close and secure amid all losses: language. Yes, language. In spite of everything, it remained secure against loss." - Paul Celan

"I think we're still in a muddle with our language, because once you get words and a spoken language it gets harder to communicate." - Jane Goodall

"Throughout history, the arts and humanities have helped men and women around the globe grapple with the most challenging questions and come to know the most basic truths. In our increasingly interconnected world, the arts play an important role in both shaping the character that defines us and reminding us of our shared humanity. This month, we celebrate our Nation's arts and humanities, and we recommit to ensuring all Americans can access and experience them." - Barack Obama

"The clerical work is par for the course. "Keep on file in numerical order" means throw in wastebasket. You'll soon learn the language. "Let it be a challenge to you" means you're stuck with it; "interpersonal relationships" is a fight between kids; "ancillary civic agencies for supportive discipline" means call the cops; "Language Arts Dept." is the English office; "literature based on child's reading level and experiential background" means that's all they've got in the Book Room; "non-academic-minded" is a delinquent; and "It has come to my attention" means you're in trouble." - Bel Kaufman

"Modern man has been in search of a new language of form to satisfy new longings and aspirations - longings for mental appeasement, aspirations to unity, harmony, serenity - an end to his alienation from nature. All these arts of remote times or strange cultures either give or suggest to the modern artist forms which he can adapt to his needs, the elements of a new iconography." - Herbert Read

"Sloppy language and sloppy ways go together. Those who are truly educated have learned more than the sciences, the humanities, law, engineering, and the arts. They carry with them a certain polish that marks them as loving the better qualities of life, a culture that adds luster to the mundane world of which they are apart, a patina that puts a quiet glow on what otherwise might be base metal." - Gordon B Hinckley

"If you really want to hurt your parents and you don't have nerve enough to be homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Art is fundamental, unique to each of us...Even in difficult economic times - especially in difficult economic times, the arts are essential." - Maria Shriver

"Creativity is discontent translated into arts." - Eric Hoffer

"the arts are life accelerated and concentrated." - Edith Sitwell

"My time of martial arts was traditional." - Jean-Claude Van Damme

"Dance is the stepchild of the arts." - Twyla Tharp

"Writing is the most solitary of arts." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Sleep with rockstars...Support the arts." - Bill Kaulitz

"When the guns roar, the arts die." - Arthur Miller

"No arts, no letters - no society." - Thomas Hobbes

"... poetry, 'The Cinderella of the Arts." - Harriet Monroe

"O, had I but followed the arts!" - William Shakespeare

"I paint. I love the visual arts." - Kristin Bauer Van Straten

"The arts are a major life nourishment." - Kiran Ahluwalia

"I'd love to teach theatre arts." - Enrico Colantoni

"The arts are a celebration of life." - Michael Douglas

"Waiting is one of the great arts." - Margery Allingham

"I do mixed martial arts, mainly kickboxing." - Gail Porter

"I was raised doing martial arts." - Victor Webster

"My time of martial arts was traditional." - Jeanclaude Van Damme

"Painting and writing are solitary arts." - Conrad Hall

"I've always been interested in martial arts." - Tracy Spiridakos

"I've always been huge into martial arts." - Michael Steger

"The arts don't exist in isolation." - David Byrne

"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two." - Geoffrey Willans

"The four most expensive words in the English language are, 'This time it's different.'" - John Templeton

"Music is what we need when language fails us, but we cannot remain silent." - Cornel West

"Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement." - Christopher Fry

"Dance is the pure language of the soul - it's been with us from the very beginning." - Patrick Swayze

"Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally." - Christian Louboutin

"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love." - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about." - Benjamin Lee Whorf

"I'm so far gone that I'm telling the truth. It sounds like a foreign language." - Richard Peck

"Those wounds stay with you, and you turn them into a language and a purpose." - Bruce Springsteen

"All language is political ..." - Robin Lakoff

"All Christian language about the future is a set of signposts pointing into a mist." - N T Wright

"Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." - Galileo Galilei

"Kindness is a language herd by deaf men and felt by blind men." - Mark Twain

"Verbing weirds language." - Bill Watterson

"A change in language can transform our appreciation of the cosmos." - Benjamin Lee Whorf

"The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak." - Rumi

"You taught me language, and my profit on't / Is, I know how to curse" - William Shakespeare

"When your language is nowhere near Turing-complete, syntactic sugar can be your friend." - Eric S Raymond

"How astonishing it is that language can almost mean, and frightening that it does not quite." - Jack Gilbert



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