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"Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form." - Robert Morgan

"Language changes very fast." - John Maynard Smith

"Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language - it's from the Latin word cor, meaning heart - and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart." - Brene Brown

"The closed language does not demonstrate and explain-it communicates decision, dictum, command. Where it defines, the definition becomes separation of good from evil; it establishes unquestionable" - Herbert Marcuse

"The closed language does not demonstrate and explain it communicates decision, dictum, command. Where it defines, the definition becomes "separation of good from evil;" it establishes unquestionable" - Herbert Marcuse

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

"Language is a social event." - Richard Rodriguez

"In language clarity is everything." - Confucius

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

"I can't recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open - any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate" - Dennis Ritchie

"For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us." - Audre Lorde

"I was always interested in language. I thought, why not? If a painting, by the normal definition of the term, is paint on canvas, why can't it be painted words on canvas?" - John Baldessari

"October of 2011, Occupy protestors descended upon McPherson Square, and they decided to stay. Despite the clear language of the law, these protestors camped at McPherson Square with the definition of camping being sleeping or preparing to sleep." - Trey Gowdy

"I can't recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open - any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate." - Dennis Ritchie

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

"Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships, Language. Sensibility." - Zadie Smith

"Dreams are the language of God." - Paulo Coelho

"Language is the medium of our thoughts." - Frederick Lenz

"Grammar is the analysis of language." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Faire language grates not the tongue." - George Herbert

"Politically correct is the language of cowardice." - Billy Connolly

"Ridicule is the language of the devil." - Thomas Carlyle

"Music is indeed the Universal Language." - L Ron Hubbard

"Music is the soul of language." - Max Heindel

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

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

"Finality is not the language of politics." - Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

"Body language is more powerful than words." - Ricky Gervais

"Truth by definition excludes." - Ravi Zacharias

"Literature is a form of language that breaks with the whole definition of genres as forms adapted to an order of representations, and becomes merely a manifestation of a language which has no other law than that of affirming in opposition to all other forms of discourse its own precipitous existence." - Michel Foucault

"Truth and falsity is something that concerns language, it's a property of language." - Errol Morris

"Language is power... Language can be used as a means of changing reality." - Adrienne Rich

"Language designed to impress builds a gulf. Language to express builds a bridge." - Jim Rohn

"French is the language of diplomacy. Spanish is the language of bureaucracy." - Ernest Hemingway

"I call the language of political figures, pundits and administrators 'the haute couture of language.'" - Anna Deavere Smith

"Perhaps no man is an island, but every man and woman is a nation unto herself. I actually had to look up the definition of "nation"; this is how awkward my relation is to this concept. And it is defined as, "a large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory." Perhaps if you replace "descent" with "dissent" the definition becomes more meaningful." - Sabina Murray

"One person's definition of evil is another person's different definition." - Eric Schmidt

"I don't have a definition of Jazz. You're just supposed to know it when you hear it." - Thelonious Monk

"Generosity is, by definition, disinterested." - Piero Ferrucci

"Towards a definition of terrorism." - Mohammad-Ali Taskhiri

"Laughter is by definition healthy." - Doris Lessing

"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

"C++ is the only current language making COBOL look good" - Bertrand Meyer

"Jargon: any technical language we do not understand." - Mason Cooley

"I have said that Mr. Trump's language is divisive." - Jeb Bush

"We inhabit a language rather than a country." - Emil Cioran

"Finality, Sir, is not the language of politics." - Benjamin Disraeli

"The idea of a language more simple than ours." - John Dudley

"Like a diaphanous nightgown, language both hides and reveals." - Karen Elizabeth Gordon

"The language of the street is always strong." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"Dialogue is a lean language in which every word counts." - Sol Stein

"Photography is a language more universal than words." - Minor White

"Javier Chevanton don't speak the language too good." - Kevin Bond

"A data structure is just a stupid programming language." - Bill Gosper

"Only where there is language is there world." - Adrienne Rich

"Photography was the first foreign language of my artistic expression." - Jerzy Kosinski

"English, our common language, binds our diverse people." - S I Hayakawa

"The word love carries the same vibration in any language." - Ian Somerhalder

"There are no language barriers when you are smiling." - Allen Klein

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow." - Noam Chomsky

"I love theater. I also love radio. I love language." - Indira Varma

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." - William Arthur Ward

"Language is the house of the truth of Being." - Martin Heidegger

"The theatre is like a Catholic Mass of language." - Jean Giraudoux

"I'm a language-oriented writer who proceeds sentence by sentence." - Jayne Anne Phillips

"I think there's some pretty amazing language in the Bible." - Win Butler

"I feel that I speak the musical language." - Marsha Norman

"Music is a great energizer. It's a language everybody knows." - Bill Hicks

"Opinions of language are as interesting as opinions of arithmetic." - P J Orourke

"Music is a language, and it's like a dictionary that has a lot of words, but if you limited yourself to a couple of definitions you would be illiterate. If one limits oneself to a peculiar definition like 'new music,' 'avant-garde,' or something like that, I think it's like cutting out half the dictionary." - Archie Shepp

"There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. The Supreme and Complete Ritual is therefore the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; or, in the language of Mysticism, Union with God." - Aleister Crowley

"I think we need to sort of broaden our definition of poetry, which maybe it's a good thing that they just gave this Nobel Prize to [Bob] Dylan because blurring the lines of song lyrics and also hip-hop for me is like some of the greatest uses - most innovative uses of language in my lifetime." - Jim Jarmusch

"In Zen Buddhism, "The Great Cessation" is a term that points to the abandoning of the effort to define one's self by any outer definition and to give up acts of futility. It is to let the world remain a mystery that cannot be captured by science, language, or any invention of the mind" - Mike Scheidt

"I stole a ton of film language from Steven Soderbergh and 'The Limey.' It's the definition of elliptical. It was the first movie I remember that introduced me to storytelling that isn't just one scene after another, and that things can be mixed up in the way that real experiences can." - Shane Carruth

"Hash, x. There is no definition for this word - nobody knows what hash is. Famous, adj. Conspicuously miserable. Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work." - Ambrose Bierce

"Dance is so important in the world. It needs no language. Our bodies speak a language of its own." - Ibrahim Farah

"Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate." - Arnold Bennett

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

"The functional language is a radically anti-historical language: operational rationality has little room and little use for historical reason." - Herbert Marcuse

"It's a difficult competition against silence, because silence is a perfect language, the only language which says with no words." - Eduardo Galeano

"If you decide to design your own language, there are thousands of sort of amateur language designer pitfalls." - Guido Van Rossum

"Definition of lecture: An art of transmitting Information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of students without passing through the minds of either. Definition of conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present Definition of office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life. "What people say about me behind my back is none of my business."" - RuPaul

"We must refuse to submit to those institutions which are by definition sexist - marriage, the nuclear family, religions built on the myth of feminine evil." - Andrea Dworkin

"Dystopian, by definition, promises a darker story." - Lauren Destefano

"A horse is wonderful by definition." - Piers Anthony

"The definition of love is giving." - Bai Ling

"Every championship, by definition, is historic." - George Vecsey

"I have a definition of success.." - Benjamin Zander

"By definition, remarkable things get remarked upon" - Seth Godin

"Resistance by definition is self-sabotage." - Steven Pressfield

"There's no Biblical definition of contemplative prayer" - Mike Bickle

"... life, by definition, is never still." - Kurt Vonnegut

"The shortest definition of religion: interruption." - Johann Baptist Metz

"Empathy cannot by definition oppress anyone." - Simon Baron-Cohen

"Any definition which limits us is deplorable." - Edward Albee

"The definition of woman's work is shitwork." - Gloria Steinem

"Protagonists are always loners, almost by definition." - Pauline Kael

"Great leadership is by definition relentlessly developmental." - Bill Hybels

"My definition of evil is unfriendliness" - Muhammad Ali

"There isn't a formal definition of success." - Ernest Sosa

"Definition of love: capacity to forgive endlessly." - Radhanath Swami

"Butch (definition): Macho with a purse." - Richard Summerbell

"Immoral (definition): Obsolete expression meaning politically incorrect." - Richard Summerbell

"The definition of success is total preparation." - George Allen

"I'm the true definition of a workaholic." - Kim Kardashian

"Immoral (definition): Obsolete expression meaning "politically incorrect"." - Richard Summerbell

"'Dystopian,' by definition, promises a darker story." - Lauren Destefano

"The very definition of 'beauty' is outside." - Adam Carolla

"My definition of success is control." - Kenneth Branagh

"There is no rigorous definition of rigor." - Morris Kline

"art, n. This word has no definition." - Ambrose Bierce

"Home is the definition of God." - Emily Dickinson

"Definition is the death of discovery." - Tom Shadyac

"Hollywood is the definition of sexual discrimination." - Ally Sheedy

"In separateness only does love learn definition." - Robert Penn Warren

"Language is virtually always pathological; hence the solution is to move as fast and far as possible from language to experience, from linguistic to experimental or psychological philosophy. In order to know that we are not in the linguistic maze, we need to determine, according to Berkeley, whether the things we are talking about exist; hence we need to look for the relevant perceptions. For him, this usually means retiring into himself and trying to imagine whether x exists, having formed the best definition possible of x." - David Berman

"It has always been my thought that the most important single ingredient to success in athletics or life is discipline. I have many times felt that this word is the most ill-defined in all of our language. My definition isas follows: 1. Do what has to be done; 2. When it has to be done; 3. As well as it can be done; and 4. Do it it that way all the time." - Bobby Knight

"You have certainly observed the curious fact that a given word which is perfectly clear when you hear it or use it in everyday language, and which does not give rise to any difficulty when it is engaged in the rapid movement of an ordinary sentence becomes magically embarrassing, introduces a strange resistance, frustrates any effort at definition as soon as you take it out of circulation to examine it separately and look for its meaning after taking away its instantaneous function." - Paul Valery

"How can we appraise a proposal if the terms hurled at our ears can mean anything or nothing, and change their significance with the inflection of the voice? Welfare state, national socialism, radical, liberal, conservative, reactionary and a regiment of others ... these terms in today's usage, are generally compounds of confusion and prejudice. If our attitudes are muddled, our language is often to blame. A good tonic for clearer thinking is a dose of precise, legal definition." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"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

"There have been many definitions of hell, but for the English the best definition is that it is the place where the Germans are the police, the Swedish are the comedians, the Italians are the defense force, Frenchmen dig the roads, the Belgians are the pop singers, the Spanish run the railways, the Turks cook the food, the Irish are the waiters, the Greeks run the government, and the common language is Dutch." - David Frost

"Film theory has nothing to do with film. Students presumably hope to find out something about film, and all they will find out is an occult and arcane language designed only for the purpose of excluding those who have not mastered it and giving academic rewards to those who have. No one with any literacy, taste or intelligence would want to teach these courses, so the bona fide definition of people teaching them are people who are incapable of teaching anything else." - Roger Ebert

"America is not a nation of separation. All our citizens are Americans. The common denominator is our language. Our language is English. The glue that binds generation after generation is both our Constitution and our English language." - James Traficant

"I would guess that the decision to create a small special purpose language or use an existing general purpose language is one of the toughest decisions that anyone facing the need for a new language must make." - Guido Van Rossum

"You know, they were returning to the language of the people and trying to use musical language, particularly as Copland did to create a musical language in which all Americans would feel that they had a stake." - Michael Tilson Thomas

"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

"Above all, a book is a riverbank for the river of language. Language without the riverbank is only television talk - a free fall, a loose splash, a spill." - Cynthia Ozick

"Language, - human language, - after all, is but little better than the cloak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature, - sometimes not so adequate." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The body is a very low level machine language. The language of the soul, of the mind, is much more evolved." - Frederick Lenz

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

"The meaning of quality in photography's best pictures lies written in the language of vision. That language is learned by chance, not system." - Walker Evans

"It's not that Perl programmers are idiots, it's that the language rewards idiotic behavior in a way that no other language or tool has ever done." - Erik Naggum

"I believe we are being dishonest with language minority groups if we tell them they can take full part in American life without learning the English language." - S I Hayakawa

"Language is a unifying instrument which binds people together. When people speak one language they become as one, they become a society." - S I Hayakawa

"Babies and language are the essential ingredients of civilization, and speakers of language no more know where it came from than babies know' where they come from." - Charlton Laird

"The language that photography has is a formal language. Any photographer is doing something formal. If it's formal, then it must be an aesthetic way to communicate." - Sebastiao Salgado

"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man." - Martin Heidegger

"If you learn the language of loss early, I think you seek out others who have experienced the same thing, who speak that same language of loss." - Anderson Cooper

"Greek was very much a live language, and a language still unconscious of grammar, not, like ours, dominated by definitions and trained upon dictionaries." - Gilbert Murray

"I do not use the language of my people. I can take liberties with certain themes which the Arabic language would not allow me to take." - Tahar Ben Jelloun

"If anyone wants to know what the definition of 'dope' means, it's: 'Definition of Public Enemy." - Flavor Flav

"The definition of definition is at bottom just what the maxim of pragmatism expresses." - Charles Sanders Peirce

"If anyone wants to know what the definition of 'dope' means, it's: 'Definition of Public Enemy.'" - Flavor Flav

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



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