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"To change your language you must change your life." - Derek Walcott

"I'm keen on making English language movies. English is still the global language and we can't change that." - Bruno Zheng Wu

"The power of mathematics is often to change one thing into another, to change geometry into language." - Marcus Du Sautoy

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

"An idea does not pass from one language to another without change." - Miguel De Unamuno

"We need to keep switching up the language around climate change." - Cate Blanchett

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

"I have set out to change the language of the international system." - Clare Short

"Language changes. If it does not change, like Latin it dies. But we need to be aware that as our language changes, so does our theology change, particularly if we are trying to manipulate language for a specific purpose. That is what is happening with our attempts at inclusive language, which thus far have been inconclusive and unsuccessful." - Madeleine L'Engle

"His heart is kind and those big hands are soft. He speaks a language that can change what I believe." - Amanda Marshall

"I do believe that books can change lives and give people this kind of language they wouldn't have had otherwise," - Jacqueline Woodson

"If you are a thinker, you will change the language. You will not use words the way others do." - Gertrude Stein

"In the Trump language, words change their meaning day by day depending on his own political needs." - E. J. Dionne

"Times change but principles don't. Times change but lands do not. Times change but our culture and our language remain the same. And that's what you have to keep intact. It's not what you wear - it's what's in your heart." - Oren Lyons

"Language is a signifier - it points to something. But those somethings change sometimes. Where the line comes down is that change is not in the dictionary first, it's not: change the signifier and the signified will go away." - Kory Stamper

"Something of the previous state, however, survives every change. This is called in the language of cybernetics (which took it form the language of machines) feedback, the advantages of learning from experience and of having developed reflexes." - Guy Davenport

"if there's one thing consistent about language it is that it is constantly changing. The only languages that do not change are those whose speakers are dead." - Rosalie Maggio

"You start out wanting to change the world through language, and end up thinking it's enough to tell a few good jokes." - David Nicholls

"Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb." - Italo Calvino

"As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language." - June Jordan

"Change is legitimate and inevitable, for our language is a mighty river, picking up silt and flotsam here and discarding it there, but growing ever wider and richer." - Robert Macneil

"Maybe that's just what happens; you start out wanting to change the world through language, and end up thinking it's enough to tell a few jokes." - David Nicholls

"Color and bite permeate a language designed to rally many men, to destroy some, and to change the minds of others." - William Safire

"Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change. You've got to be boisterous to get results." - Gordon Ramsay

"The Catholic faith never changes. But the language and mode of manifesting this one faith can change according to peoples, times and places." - Francis Arinze

"I mean, language fascinates me anyway, and different words have different energies and you can change the whole drive of a sentence." - Alan Rickman

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

"In the language of politics, there is only one translation for the phrase 'hope and change,' to wit: 'big, fat government.'" - P J Orourke

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"On the contrary a film can promote the idea of change without any political message whatsoever but in its form and language can tell people that they can change their lives and contribute to progressive changes in the world." - Wim Wenders

"When you hear somebody speaking in an accent, it's almost like they're invading your language while they're speaking to you because if you hear someone speak another language, you almost don't care. But when they speak your language with an accent, it feels like an invasion of something that belongs to you. And, immediately, we change." - Trevor Noah

"I always change my words in everything I do. I make the language fit, because I know the character from the inside out. Often character actors are not in a position to do that, but I do it. I don't change any cue and I never change anybody else's lines, but I make my own words fit my mouth." - James Cromwell

"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

"Doesn't matter what language you speak or what clothes you wear. Some things don't change. Families. Friends. Lovers. They're the same in every city in every country in every continent of the world." - Annabel Pitcher

"In such a society as ours the only possible chance for change, for mobility, for political, economic, and moral flow lies in the tactics of guerrilla warfare, in the use of fictions, of language." - Kathy Acker

"He wanted to think of words that would make some difference but there were none in any language he knew that were sufficient to the moment or that would change a single thing." - Kent Haruf

"The theme you choose may change or simply elude you, but being your own story means you can always choose the tone. It also means that you can invent the language to say who are you and what you mean." - Toni Morrison

"If words are to change their meanings, as assuredly they are, let each user of language make such changes as please himself, put up his own suggestions, and let the best win." - Rose Macaulay

"Photography has clarity in the same way that language has. A word is precise, but its meaning can change based on the words around it: think tank, tank top." - Jason Fulford

"I'm not one of those "omg texting kids rite bad" alarmists. I just think there's an interesting nexus where the Internet itself hastened language change when it comes to Internet terms." - Bill Walsh

"A new language always reflects a new point of view, and the gradual unconscious popularization of new words, or of old words used in new ways, is a sure sign of a profound change in people's articulation of the world." - Allan Bloom

"There are a lot of reasons people don't talk about climate change. One of them has to do with the language of science, and people feeling not competent about this issue." - Margaret D. Klein

"The appeal of political correctness is that it attempts to change men's souls by altering how they speak. If one sufficiently reforms language, certain thoughts become unthinkable, and the world moves in the approved direction." - Anthony Daniels (psychiatrist)

"There's a theory, and I think the theory is right, that in order to make a change you've got to make the whole language of the page harmonious. Well, that's a lot easier with a computer." - Robert Caro

"Times change and forms and their meanings alter. Thus new poems are necessary. Their forms must be discovered in the living language of their day, or old forms, embodying exploded concepts, will tyrannize over the imagination." - William Carlos Williams

"Whenever a man undergoes a considerable change, in consequence of being observed by others, whenever he assumes another gait, another language, than what he had before he thought himself observed, be advised to guard yourself against him." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"The aim of language...is to communicate...to impart to others the results one has obtained...As I talk, I reveal the situation...I reveal it to myself and to others in order to change it." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Pop music has greater power to change people and to affect people because it's a universal language. You don't have to understand music to understand the power of a pop song." - Paul Epworth

"When I left Barcelona, staying in Spain was an important factor in my decision to join Madrid. I did not have to change country or learn a new language, adopt a different sort of lifestyle, and so on." - Luis Figo

"I change the language with which I use my voice. In opera, I know I have an orchestra behind me; I have to communicate to people very far from me." - Andrea Bocelli

"Hominid and human evolution took place over millions and not billions of years, but with the emergence of language there was a further acceleration of time and the rate of change." - William Irwin Thompson

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

"The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alteration, are themselves evidences that human language, whether in speech or print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God." - Thomas Paine

"Good poetry and successful revolution change our lives. And you cannot compose a good poem or wage a revolution without changing consciousness unless you attack the language that you share with your enemies and invent a language that you share with your allies." - June Jordan

"It seems that in almost all societies, the attitudes that people have to language change is basically the same. People everywhere tend to say that the older form of a language is in some sense 'better' than the form that is being used today." - Terry Crowley

"It's commonly assumed that the emergence of language was a key element of the great leap. We of course know very little about the sociopolitical conditions that existed at the time, but there's no scenario I can think of that suggests how a sudden change in these conditions could have led to the emergence of language." - Noam Chomsky

"The majority of the people of the world today are unsane, not insane, unsane meaning having been exposed to methods of evaluation that have long rendered obsolete, our language in the future will change to a saner language where we have no argument in it, 'can there be such a language?' there is, when engineers talk to each other, it's not subject to interpretation, they use math, they use descriptive systems, if I interpreted what another engineer said in the way I think he meant it: you couldn't build bridges, dams, power transmission lines. The language has to have meaning" - Jacque Fresco

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

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

"Verbing weirds language." - Bill Watterson

"Mathematics is a language" - J. Willard Gibbs

"language is never neutral" - Paulo Freire

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Language changes very fast." - John M. Smith

"BASIC - A programming language." - Anonymous

"Music is a language." - Youssou Ndour

"...language is never innocent." - Roland Barthes

"Language is fossil Poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I love body language." - Anton Corbijn

"Lexicographers are language reporters." - Erin Mckean

"Language changes very fast." - John Maynard Smith

"I believe the principles and techniques in this book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, can literally change the world, but more importantly, they can change the quality of your life with your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers and everyone else you interact with. I cannot recommend it highly enough." - Jack Canfield

"I think what`s happening is that you`re seeing change from existing and kind of a left right political paradigm to one that is being made into something different. Maybe an up down paradigm, or something along those lines. It`s a dramatic change. It`s a shift I think of all different in language." - Donald Trump

"Change begets change." - Charles Dickens

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

"I just love any kind of language that can change the energy in a room. There are no limits for me, as long as it feels like it's being used in a particular way to garner or elicit a very particular reaction, so that you can then use that reaction later for something else. But when it's gratuitous language or physical exposure, then I get a bit like, "Oh! Put it away!"" - Phoebe Waller-Bridge

"Change, change,-we all covet change." - Nicolas Chamfort

"If there is one sweeping generalization I can make without fear of contradiction, it is that 'change' is the scariest word in the English language Nothing will change in our lives until we change our own behavior. Insight won't do it. Understanding why we do the self-defeating things we do won't make us stop doing them. Nagging and pleading with the other person to change won't do it. We have to act. We have to take the first step down a new road." - Susan Forward

"Poetry is the art of using language to transcend language," - Laurence Overmire

"Language uses us as much as we use language." - Robin Lakoff

"The language of the heart is mankind's main common language." - Suzy Kassem

"Humans are language machines, computers are language machines." - Howard Rheingold

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

"Whatever Language Pakistan understands India should teach in that language" - Narendra Modi

"Gone. The saddest word in the language. In any language." - Mark Slouka

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

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

"The language of the poem is the language of particulars." - Mary Oliver

"Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening." - Jeanette Winterson

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

"Poetry is language in orbit." - Seamus Heaney

"Language cannot say everything, fortunately." - Mason Cooley

"Silence is God's first language." - John of the Cross

"Nothing exists except through language." - Hans-Georg Gadamer

"Music is a universal language." - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

"Fashion is an instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"Language always gives you away." - George Carlin

"Abstraction is an esoteric language." - Eric Fischl

"Anguish is the universal language" - Alice Fulton

"Photography is my only language." - Andre Kertesz

"A language Older Than Words" - Derrick Jensen

"Hands have their own language." - Simon Van Booy

"Humor is a universal language." - Joel Goodman

"Language is a social event." - Richard Rodriguez

"Sometimes language is not enough." - Justin Adams

"Language is a living thing" - Gilbert Highet

"Christians have their own language." - Mike Warnke

"Music is the universal language." - John Wilson

"Flowers are Love's truest language." - Park Benjamin, Sr.

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

"My programming language was solder." - Terry Pratchett

"Nothing exists except through language." - Hansgeorg Gadamer

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

"Language is the only homeland." - Czeslaw Milosz

"Irish is a leprechaun language." - Sammy Wilson

"Language is a social art." - Willard Van Orman Quine

"Music is the universal language." - Swizz Beatz

"French was my first language." - Bob Cousy

"My first language is Gaelic." - Enya

"Metaphor is embodied in language." - Dennis Potter

"Image is an international language." - Marjane Satrapi

"In language clarity is everything." - Confucius

"I asked myself, 'How are you going to change all these people, they have different values, different customs, different language, different interpretations?' So that's the time I joined the Ku Klux Klan in Miami. The reason I joined is to see if I could change them. So I dissolved that organization in a month-and-a-half, alone. [Applause] Then I joined the White Citizen Council. The WCC hates foreigners - all foreigners. So I joined that organization; I dissolved it in one month." - Jacque Fresco

"All our surest statements about the nature of the world are mathematical statements, yet we do not know what mathematics "is"... and so we find that we have adapted a religion strikingly similar to many traditional faiths. Change "mathematics" to "God" and little else might seem to change. The problem of human contact with some spiritual realm, of timelessness, of our inability to capture all with language and symbol-all have their counterparts in the quest for the nature of Platonic mathematics." - John D Barrow

"Kate Boo's reporting is a form of kinship. Abdul and Manju and Kalu of Annawadi will not be forgotten. She leads us through their unknown world, her gift of language rising up like a delicate string of necessary lights. There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them. If we receive the fiery spirit from which it was written, it ought to change much more than that." - Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

"Martina Navratilova is not a 'girl,' nor is Debi Thomas or Katarina Witt, and the women skaters weren't 'cute' in 1988. The problem with describing women as girls is that they never grow up and therefore can't take positions of authority in the world of sport. But the good news is that you can change language, so ultimately you can change the picture of women in sports." - Anita DeFrantz

"I asked myself, 'How are you going to change all these people, they have different values, different customs, different language, different interpretations?' So that's the time I joined the Ku Klux Klan in Miami. The reason I joined is to see if I could change them. So I dissolved that organization in a month-and-a-half, alone. [Applause] Then I joined the White Citizen Council. The WCC hates foreigners - all foreigners. So I joined that organization; I dissolved it in one month." - Jacque Fresco

"How different things might be if, rather than saying "I think I'm in love," we were saying "I've connected with someone in a way that makes me think I'm on the way to knowing love." Or if instead of saying "I am in love" we say "I am loving" or "I will love." Our patterns around romantic love are unlikely to change if we do not change our language." - Bell Hooks

"Things don't change. We change." - Henry David Thoreau

"Things don't change, people change." - Jim Rohn

"Change yourself, change your fortunes." - Proverbs

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

"Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes." - Desmond Tutu

"Visual art is a foreign language I'm fluent at, but my native language is language." - Julia Glass

"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

"Folks don't like to have somebody around knowing more than they do. It aggravates em. You're not gonna change any of them by talking right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language." - Harper Lee

"Talk about painting: there's no point. By conveying a thing through the medium of language, you change it. You construct qualities that can be said, and you leave out the ones that can't be said but are always the most important." - Gerhard Richter

"Most Russians don't treat the government, or those in power, as something close to them. They don't believe that they, as ordinary people, are able to change the development of things. That's why they have a very specific ironic sentiment towards power and the figures that represent it. I wanted to translate this irony into the cinematic language." - Andrey Zvyagintsev

"What is said determines who listens and who understands. Graphic design is a language, but graphic designers are so busy worrying about the nuances - accents, punctuation and so on - that they spend little time thinking about what the words add up to. I'm interested in using our communication skills to change the way things are." - Tibor Kalman

"In Re-framing, you interpret the event in a positive way. You change your language . Instead if defining it as a problem you re-frame it as a situation . A problem is something that is upsetting and stressful. A situation is something that you simply deal with ." - Brian Tracy

"What is said determines who listens and who understands. Graphic design is a language, but graphic designers are so busy worrying about the nuances - accents, punctuation and so on - that they spend little time thinking about what the words add up to. I'm interested in using our communication skills to change the way things are." - Tibor Kalman

"The living language is like a cowpath: it is the creation of the cows themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change. A cow is under no obligation to stay" - E B White

"We acquire both the language and religious concepts from our immediate culture - at the same time. A child cannot discriminate between useful survival information and the emotional and psychological manipulations of religion. Once infected, these ideas are deeply embedded and almost impossible to change." - Darrel Ray

"Fifteen hundred years is ample time in which to lose mutual comprehension. Iceland was colonized by the Norwegians at the end of the ninth century AD. Today's Icelanders, with considerable effort, can understand people from the Scandinavian peninsula, but the Scandinavians hardly understand the Icelanders. A thousand years is the minimum time span for a language to change so much that it becomes incomprehensible." - Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair." - Nelson Mandela

"And the Clave wants to meet Clarissa. You know that, Jace." "The Clave can screw itself." "Jace," Maryse said, sounding genuinely parental for a change. "Language." "The Clave wants a lot of things," Jace amended. "It shouldn't necessarily get them all." - Cassandra Clare

"I hear from so many women who really started to pay attention to it at all times and stopped, you know, touching their faces and necks and playing with their hair and twisting their legs. I think women become more aware of it when they learn about this stuff, and you see their body language change." - Amy Cuddy

"After [Donald] Trump and his campaign manager both initially denied having anything to do with the platform change, a Trump campaign official now admits that the campaign pushed to soften the Russian language in the platform. It says it was done specifically at Trump`s request." - Rachel Maddow

"Folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do. It aggravates 'em. You're not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language." - Harper Lee

"I was always creatively stubborn, adverse to editing by others, and wanted to use the kind of Ukrainian we spoke among ourselves rather than the more artificial prescribed literary Ukrainian. The problem was the greatest in prose, where editors would change my language because "it sounded better this way." My poetry they left alone probably out of deference to that hallowed genre." - Yuriy Tarnawsky



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