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"French was my first language." - Bob Cousy

"French is the language that turns dirt into romance." - Stephen King

"I am attached to the French language. I will defend the ubiquitous use of French." - Francois Hollande

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

"I am a guest of the French language. My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language, which is not the same as that of a French poet." - Tahar Ben Jelloun

"I grew up in France, my first language was French, and I tend to gravitate towards French cooking." - Robert Stack

"I love the French language... it's a delightful language, especially to curse with. It's like whopping your ass with silk." - Oscar Wilde

"If French is no longer the language of a power, it can be the language of a counter power." - Lionel Jospin

"French: why does this language even exist? Everyone there speaks english anyway." - Meg Cabot

"I'd like to learn French well enough to write in that language." - Stephen King

"Socialist ideology is making France go to pot, and the French language with it." - Maurice Druon

"The Divinity could be invoked as well in the English language as in the French." - Wilfrid Laurier

"Even if I think in English, it's more a language of acting than French." - Sophie Marceau

"French is a language that makes those who speak it both calm and dynamic." - Bernard Pivot

"My French is still good. That's a beautiful language and I'm happy to speak it." - Famke Janssen

"I just love France, I love French people, I love the French language, I love French food. I love their mentality. I just feel like it's me. I'm very French." - Olga Kurylenko

"A French politician once wrote that it was a peculiarity of the French language that in it words occur in the order in which one thinks them." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Now I'm really glad that I speak French, because, let's face it, girls dig it when a guy speaks French. They call it the language of love, and that ain't no coincidence. Plus, I love my French fans! Tres jolie!" - Justin Bieber

"Now I'm really glad that I speak French, because, let's face it, girls dig it when a guy speaks French. They call it the language of love, and that ai' no coincidence. Plus, I love my French fans! Tres jolie!" - Justin Bieber

"Now I'm really glad that I speak French, because, let's face it, girls dig it when a guy speaks French. They call it the language of love, and that ain't no coincidence. Plus, I love my French fans! Tres jolie!" - Justin Bieber

"One thing I can say about the French language is that no one in the world loves their language as much as they do." - Mads Mikkelsen

"Because French is the language of love, my boy. Something you should keep in mind, but will soon forget." - William W. Johnstone

"Let's not forget, there are three languages in Canada - English, French, and there's the language of jobs." - Kevin O'Leary

"My mother (from Iparralde) understood perfectly that she had to teach French, not Basque, which is a dead language." - Manuel Fraga Iribarne

"Those girls of Italy, take heed of them. They say our French lack language to deny If they demand." - William Shakespeare

"Columbia University, where I went to study in 1993, insisted its undergraduates learn a foreign language, so I discovered French." - Aravind Adiga

"For me, French is so rich and so sacred that learning it is like learning a foreign language." - Fabrice Luchini

"French is a foreign language, but I've been speaking it since I was 18 so it's second nature to me." - Kristin Scott Thomas

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

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"English, once accepted as an international language, is no more secure than French has proved to be as the one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin has proved to be as the international language of science." - Edward Sapir

"all the French speak French - even the children. Many Americans and Britishers who visit the country never quite adjust to this, and the idea persists that the natives speak the language just to show off or be difficult." - Olivia De Havilland

"The French just said he was a damned nuisance. Or they would have had they the good fortune to speak English. Instead being French they were forced to say it in their own language." - Lauren Willig

"If we have to prove our Europeanism by accepting that French is the dominant language in the Community, then my answer is quite clear, and I will say it in French in order to prevent any misunderstanding: Non, merci beaucoup." - James Callaghan

"If we have to prove our Europeanism by accepting that French is the dominant language in the Community, then my answer is quite clear, and I will say it in French in order to prevent any misunderstanding: Non, merci beaucoup ." - James Callaghan

"The more English is heard in the world, the more gratifying it seems to speak French, and above all to know the culture of our country. They find a kind of French social grace in the language and culture." - Bernard Pivot

"In language gender is particularly confusing. Why, please, should a table be male in German, female in French, and castrated in English?" - Marlene Dietrich

"German poetry is going in a very different direction from French poetry.... Its language has become more sober, more factual. It distrusts "beauty." It tries to be truthful." - Paul Celan

"I don't know what it is about the french language, it seems to be scared of coming out of the mouth so it comes out the nose instead." - P.D.Q. Bach

"Because I cannot write my native language and have no native home anymore, and am amazed by that horrible homelessness of all French-Canadian s abroad in America." - Jack Kerouac

"What must the English and French think of the language of our philosophers when we Germans do not understand it ourselves?" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I've always been so intrigued by French language and how it completely changes you, because of cultural context, because of humor." - Freya Mavor

"The English language took in many many fertilizations, many many genes, from other languages, from foreign languages - Latin, French, Nordic languages, German, Scandinavian languages." - Amos Oz

"In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language." - Mark Twain

"When a French book becomes an international hit it is because of the author and not because of the language. The same goes for movies." - Jeanjacques Annaud

"It's like saying French shouldn't be taught because you don't understand it because it's new. Shakespeare is just like learning a new, exciting language." - Samuel Barnett

"Italian is the language of song. German is good for philosophy and English for poetry. French is best at precision; it has a rigour to it." - Maurice Druon

"When a French book becomes an international hit it is because of the author and not because of the language. The same goes for movies." - Jean-Jacques Annaud

"I stand and listen to people speaking french in the stores and in the street. It's such a pert, crisp language, elegant as ruffling taffeta." - Belva Plain

"People who do not speak our language very well do complain of feeling rebuffed by French people, who can sometimes be impatient, or even intolerant." - Bernard Pivot

"When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved." - Lytton Strachey

"The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction - in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint." - Lytton Strachey

"What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking, What is French? Jazz is a musical language. It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America." - Branford Marsalis

"My own view is that one cannot be religious in general any more than one can speak language in general; at any given moment one speaks French or English or Swahili or Japanese, but not 'language." - Susan Sontag

"The language of the age is never the language of poetry, except among the French, whose verse, where the thought or image does not support it, differs in nothing from prose." - Thomas Gray

"The French no longer respect their language, because they no longer love themselves, and, no longer loving themselves, they no longer love what was the instrument of their glory - their language." - Maurice Druon

"My film is in French. It's not something folkloric. It's who we are. There's this tension about immigrants coming in. Will they learn French? Will they adapt? In this film, I'm on the reverse side because Monsieur Lazhar comes from a society where French is also the second language." - Philippe Falardeau

"Language always gives you away." - George Carlin

"Abstraction is an esoteric language." - Eric Fischl

"Humor is a universal language." - Joel Goodman

"Sometimes language is not enough." - Justin Adams

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

"My programming language was solder." - Terry Pratchett

"If I would want to have a huge audience, I would make American movies, not French movies, because there is a limit of course with French language. If I prefer to shoot in my own language, it is to play with my language, to play in my Paris, and I have complete freedom in France. It's so amazing. If American directors could imagine how free I am, they would have asked for political asylum immediately." - Jean-Pierre Jeunet

"Her voice was slightly accented but her French was perfect. Someone who'd not just learned the language but loved it. And it showed with every syllable. Gamache knew it was impossible to split language from culture. That without one the other withered. To love the language was to respect the culture." - Louise Penny

"The transformations of the French empire itself or of French power structures themselves as well as the emergence of a kind of language of equal rights starting with the American Revolution and the French Revolution provided an opportunity and in some ways connected with other kinds of ground level desires or hopes and ideologies for freedom that were coming out of the plantation regime itself." - Laurent Dubois

"People forget that there are villages and communities that are still speaking French all over Canada. I went to a bar and spoke with some French people there, and they were saying: 'I went to English school, but at home it was always French, and that's going to be the way it is for my kids.' It's important for them to keep that language alive." - Marcandre Grondin

"I love French stuff. Mmmm, french fries." - Denis Leary

"My French definitely improves the more I drink, as I worry less and less about absolutely perfect grammar. I do speak and understand the language, just not particularly well." - Anthony Bourdain

"People have been warning us that language was going to the dogs ever since Latin started turning into French. Yet the dogs in question never seem to emerge yelping on the horizon." - John H. McWhorter

"I speak French with timidity, and not flowingly-except when excited. When using that language I have often noticed that I have hardly ever been mistaken for a Frenchman, except, perhaps, by horses; never, I believe, by people." - Mark Twain

"The French verb aimer has two meanings. And that's why he liked her, and loved her. She spoke to him in a language that, no matter how hard you studied it, could not be completely understood." - John Green

"I wanted to write in Kitchenese, the secret language of cooks, instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever dunked french fries for a summer job or suffered under the despotic rule of a tyrannical chef or boobish owner." - Anthony Bourdain

"French, for example, is declining as an international language, but Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic are all languages of the future. Ethnic minority groups in the UK may well prove to be a major asset in this effort." - David Graddol

"Even if I'm in Japan and I don't speak Japanese and the woman facing me doesn't speak French but she's dressed in Rykiel, and she recognizes me, then we have a common language right away." - Sonia Rykiel

"The French verb aimer has two meanings. And that's why he liked her, and loved her. She spoke to him in a language that, no matter how hard you studied it, could not be completely understood." - John Green

"But, reader, there is no comfort in the word "farewell," even if you say it in French. "Farewell" is a word that,in any language, is full of sorrow. It is a word that promises absolutely nothing." - Kate Dicamillo

"The Canadian community must invest, for the defence and better appreciation of the French language, as much time, energy, and money as are required to prevent the country from breaking up" - Pierre Trudeau

"French was the only language we had in common, and even that was like a dialect we had picked up at a rummage sale, rusty and missing a lot of essential parts." - Patricia Hampl

"It's difficult for me to write in English as it's not my first language, but French is even worse because of my father's influence and because the comparisons that I - not even other people - would make." - Charlotte Gainsbourg

"When ideas float in our mind without any reflection or regard of the understanding, it is that which the French call revery, our language has scarce a name for it." - John Locke

"In French the truth of passion stood up coldly and cruelly to the scrutiny of human experience. In his own curious phrase he had always qualified it as 'an unsniggerable language'." - Lawrence Durrell

"I think it's important to be sincere. And I could be the most sincere just staying in [my] mother language actually. And that's the reason why I stay composing and writing in French." - Stromae

"In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language." - Mark Twain

"English is really free for me; there's no limits to the music and the imagination. And French, it's just I live in Paris, and it's really a poetic language where you can really play with words." - Yael Naim

"I would like to spend more time with Spanish poetry. I know French better than Spanish, but Spanish was my first language, and my father spoke it to us." - Helen Vendler

"We had common interests in the beauty of the French language. We both had a tremendous love of jazz. We shared dreams of getting married and having a family, living in the country, leading an idyllic life." - David Amram

"As for the French language, it's probably one of the most beautiful in the world. I speak a little bit and I can follow conversations, but I think it will take time to improve myself." - Charlene Princess Of Mon

"For my Oxford degree, I had to translate French and German philosophy (as it turned out, Descartes and Kant) at sight without a dictionary. That meant Germany for my first summer vacation, to learn the thorny language on my own." - Paul Engle

"Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke, however imperfectly, and read in great quantities, at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly different from either Latin or Greek." - Robert Fitzgerald

"People say 'Why would you learn Dutch? Nobody speaks it. Why not French?' Even the Dutch say that to me! I say because I want to live here, I think it's only common courtesy that I speak the language." - Anthony Geary

"To achieve the very pinnacle of good taste, the neoclassicists wrote their plays entirely in alexandrine verse, a rarefied meter that is uniquely tailored to the French language and fits no other." - Florence King

"People have been warning us that language was going to the dogs ever since Latin started turning into French. Yet the dogs in question never seem to emerge yelping on the horizon." - John Mcwhorter

"I write in the most classical French because this form is necessary for my novels: to translate the murky, floating, unsettling atmosphere I wanted them to have, I had to discipline it into the clearest, most traditional language possible." - Patrick Modiano

"You get the feeling that many of my guests feel that the French language gives them entry into a more cultivated, more intelligent world, more highly civilised too, with rules." - Bernard Pivot

"The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such." - Ferdinand De Saussure

"People who share the same language, French or Chinese or whatever, have the same vocal cords and emit sounds which are basically the same, as they come from the same throats and lungs." - Pierre Schaeffer

"I really like acting in French. It's actually quite different for me, from acting in English. It's fun acting in a foreign language. You're liberated or freed from preconceptions." - Kristin Scott Thomas

"I'm pretty good with languages. I know a bit of French and actually want to live in France some day so that I can get fluent. I think it'd be tragic to go through life only knowing one language." - Juliana Hatfield

"French is not a language that lends itself naturally to the opaque and ponderous idiom of nature-philosophy, and Teilhard has according resorted to the use of that tipsy, euphoristic prose-poetry which is one of the more tiresome manifestations of the French spirit." - Peter Medawar

"In the past the French came to Germany less with the desire to understand it than with a zealous desire to interpret, to analyze it dispassionately something for which their training at the Ecole Normale Superieure or the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and the French language superbly equipped them to do." - Walter Abish

"I write. I have read a great deal. I enjoy books. I like the wit of languages. Even French I like. I like to be able to think in different modes. I like to be able to use the language a great deal and carry on rehearsals in French." - Twyla Tharp

"I have been in countries where I don't know a word of the language. I tried to practice my French as much as possible. I would talk with the crew. I always order in French, but then waiters respond in English. I hate that." - Kevin Kline

"In the past the French came to Germany less with the desire to understand it than with a zealous desire to interpret, to analyze it dispassionately, something for which their training at the Ecole Normale Superieure or the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and the French language superbly equipped them to do." - Walter Abish

"By county, there's like 14 different accents in Mississippi alone. And now, present day, a Mississippi accent is different than in 1963. So we had a dialect coach, which is like going to visit France and having to translate all your emotions into French, and French isn't your first language. I had to go through that filter, so it was interesting." - Emma Stone

"There is no language without deceit." - Italo Calvino

"Language buries, but does not resurrect." - John Green

"All people smile in the same language." - Anonymous

"Poetry is the language of feeling." - William Winter

"Color is a language, like music." - Vlady Kibalchich Russakov

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

"My homeland is the portuguese language." - Fernando Pessoa

"Language is a form of organized stutter." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Language is the tool of the tools" - Lev S. Vygotsky

"Silence is the language of inertia." - Margaret Heffernan

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

"This is brave Bear-Garden language!" - Jeremy Collier

"All language is but a poor translation." - Franz Kafka

"God doesn't need verbal language for communication." - Mary C. Neal

"Speech happens to not be his language." - Madame De Stael

"I am typically French." - Brigitte Bardot

"On of the reasons that I wanted to study literature was because it exposed everything. Writers looked for secrets that had never been mined. Every writer has to invent their own magical language, in order to describe the indescribable. They might seem to be writing in French, English, or Spanish, but really they were writing in the language of butterflies, crows, and hanged men." - Heather O'Neill

"English has always been my musical language. When I started writing songs when I was 13 or 14, I started writing in English because it's the language in between. I speak Finnish, I speak French, so I'll write songs in English because that's the music I listen to. I learned so much poetry and the poetic way of expressing myself is in English." - Olivia Merilahti

"I studied French in high school and German in college and I once took a 24-hour Italian crash course. English has by far the most words in it of any other language. Our money might not be worth anything anymore, but the language is." - Roy Blount Jr

"When I took part in European leaders summits, it was sometimes unpleasant for me to hear Romanian, Polish, Portuguese, and Italian friends speak English, although I admit that on an informal basis, first contacts can be made in this language. Nevertheless, I will defend everywhere the use of the French language." - Francois Hollande

"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

"When it comes to telling children stories, they don't need simple language. They need beautiful language." - Philip Pullman

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

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

"A writer can have only one language, if language is going to mean anything to him." - Philip Larkin

"There is the English language and then there's the Trump language." - David Brooks

"In order to translate a sentence from English into French two things are necessary. First, we must understand thoroughly the English sentence. Second, we must be familiar with the forms of expression peculiar to the French language. The situation is very similar when we attempt to express in mathematical symbols a condition proposed in words. First, we must understand thoroughly the condition. Second, we must be familiar with the forms of mathematical expression." - George Polya

"Strange bent over these things, with a concentration to rival Minervois's own, questioning, criticizing and proposing. Strange and the two engravers spoke French to each other. To Strange's surprize Childermass understood perfectly and even addressed one or twoquestions to Minervois in his own language. Unfortunately, Childermass's French was so strongly accented by his native Yorkshire that Minervois did not understand and asked Strange if Childermass was Dutch." - Susanna Clarke

"I started to write because of my dream to become a filmmaker. I got to know about a film school in Paris and it was my goal to get there. To do that I knew I had to learn French. In order to practice I started to write journals in French. The effort I made to master what I regarded a bad thing - a language owned by the rich Moroccans - brought me the ability to write." - Abdellah Taia

"The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic." - William Carlos Williams

"I cannot prevent the French from being French" - Charles De Gaulle

"What isn't clear, isn't French." - Antoine Rivarol

"The French are predictably unpredictable." - Andrew Mehrtens

"I love the French horn." - Vanessa L. Williams

"What is' clear, is' French." - Antoine Rivarol

"Teach French and unteach sincerity." - Leo Tolstoy

"The French are very individualistic." - Eric Rohmer

"The French have got taste." - Vivienne Westwood

"I love the French horn." - Vanessa Williams

"'Entrepreneur' is a French word." - Xavier Niel

"I'm not a French singer." - Peter Otoole

"I am very interested in writers from the Francophone world. I like Kamel Daoud a lot, for example. In "The Meursault Investigation" and "Zabor," he shows a passion for the French language, a very special way of writing that belongs to those who live on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. It is language that connects us. It allows people there to cling to our history, our culture and sometimes also our values." - Emmanuel Macron

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

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



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