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Language Games Quotes


"Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Verbing weirds language." - Bill Watterson

"Individuals score points, but teams win games." - Zig Ziglar

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

"My programming language was solder." - Terry Pratchett

"Music is the universal language." - Swizz Beatz

"The C language combines all the power of assembly language with all the ease-of-use of assembly language." - Mark Pearce

"As humans we speak one language..." - Avril Lavigne

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

"Stories are the reproductive organs of language." - Robert Bringhurst

"Laughter is the language of the heart" - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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

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

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

"Language was invented to ask questions." - Eric Hoffer

"poetry is where the language is renewed." - Margaret Atwood

"Cultures are virtual realities made of language." - Terence Mckenna

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

"In my games I have sometimes found a combination intuitively simply feeling that it must be there. Yet I was not able to translate my thought processes into normal human language." - Mikhail Tal

"If you want to appeal to people of different languages and cultures, you have to move toward tropes that are universally recognized. Games, references, subtleties that only work in your language are hardly useful." - Tim Parks

"In the simplest sentence, I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed. Basically, that's why I photograph, in the simplest language. That's the beginning of it and then we get to play the games." - Garry Winogrand

"There are a couple of watersheds in human evolution. Most people are comfortable thinking about tool use and language use as watersheds. But the ability to play non-zero-sum games was another watershed." - Jonathan Haidt

"Find a subject you care about and which you feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Faith talks in the language of God. Doubt talks in the language of man." - E. W. Kenyon

"The language you use for your poems should be the language you use with your friends." - Robert Bly

"To demarcate [words in way that changes the meaning] is simply to speak a different language than everyone else. And I do not accept semantic games like that. [...] We need to use words as they are actually used and understood. We can correct errors and inconsistencies and make distinctions. But we can't try to foist an alien language on people." - Richard Carrier

"Learn Languages the Right Way. Language acquisition games and abstract communicative method are bullshit. The second-best way to learn a foreign language is alone in a room doing skull-numbing rote memorization of vocabulary, grammar, key phrases, and colloquialisms. The best way is in bed." - Chuck Thompson

"Anger doesn't win games." - Gary Beban

"The night plays games" - Ryan Adams

"Always trust computer games." - Ridley Pearson

"I love video games." - Chandler Riggs

"I play games." - Shaun White

"In a language, in the system of language, there are only differences. Therefore, a taxonomical operation an undertake the systematic, statistical, and classificatory inventory of a language." - Jacques Derrida

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

"Le langage est une peau: je frotte mon langage contre l'autre. Language is a skin; I rub my language against another language." - Roland Barthes

"Our world today is in need of peace, tolerance and brotherhood. The values of the Olympic Games can deliver these to us. May the Games be held in peace, in the true spirit of the Olympic Truce. Athletes of the 80 national Olympic committees, show us that sport unites by overcoming national, political, religious and language barriers. You can show us a world we all long for." - Jacques Rogge

"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

"Retirement is the ugliest word in the language." - Ernest Hemingway

"The German language is the organ among the languages." - Jean Paul

"To possess another language is to possess another soul." - John Le Carre

"A man reacheth not to excellence with one language." - Roger Ascham

"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

"I can ask for cigarettes in every language" - David Bowie

"Who would recognize the unhappy if grief had no language?" - Publilius Syrus

"A thug only understands you when you speak his language" - Alexander Lukashenko

"Language, as we know, is full of illogicalities." - Gunnar Myrdal

"I die for speaking the language of the angels." - Joan Of Arc

"Tangible language, which often tells more falsehoods than truths." - Abraham Lincoln

"Language is decanted and shared. If only one person is left alive speaking a language - the case with some American Indian languages - the language is dead. Language takes two and their multiples." - Rita Mae Brown

"Clarity of language is the first casualty of authoritarianism." - Robin Morgan

"Murky language means someone wants to pick your pocket." - Erica Jong

"Fools laugh at the Latin language. -Rident stolidi verba Latina" - Ovid

"As writers we need to crack open language." - Natalie Goldberg

"I have learnt to appreciate the clarity of English language." - Erich Fromm

"Human language is mythological and metaphorical by nature." - W H Auden

"A filthy mouth will not utter decent language." - Proverbs

"As was his language so was his life." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Language was not powerful enough to describe the infant phenomenon." - Charles Dickens

"A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea." - Jack Kerouac

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction." - Gregory Bateson

"No language is rude that can boast polite writers." - Aubrey Beardsley

"Our language is primarily for expressing human goodness and beauty." - Yasunari Kawabata

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

"In taking care with language, we take care of ourselves." - Bret Stephens

"There is no right language or wrong language any more than there are right or wrong clothes." - Stephen Fry

"To understand a sentence means to understand a language. To understand a language means to be master of a technique." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"We believe we can also show that words do not have exactly the same psychic "weight" depending on whether they belong to the language of reverie or to the language of daylight life-to rested language or language under surveillance-to the language of natural poetry or to the language hammered out by authoritarian prosodies." - Gaston Bachelard

"Make the practices like games and the games like practices." - Don Meyer

"Now, games have been democratized. Everyone plays games." - Chris Dewolfe

"Reader-users read differently than their forebears-they read Twitter to find links to long articles that will interest them; they switch between phone calls and the Kindle app. And yes, they watch video, play games, and listen to music. But language still knits it all together, and words have more work to do than they ever did before." - Paul Ford

"I think I am too interested in my own ideas to copy anyone else's, but I find that other people's imagery, the flow of language in the outside world, games with words, and ideas about relationships are all most important to me." - Margaret Mahy

"What I was proud of was that I used very few parts to build a computer that could actually speak words on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a programming language that could play games. And I did all this myself." - Steve Wozniak

"Let the Hunger Games Begin!" - Suzanne Collins

"All my games are real" - Bobby Fischer

"Nine games? It's too long." - Derek Jeter

"Video games are ubiquitous now." - Eugene Jarvis

"I don't play video games." - Jason Newsted

"I love X-Games music." - Jon Anderson

"Football players win football games." - Chuck Knox

"I play video games, dude!" - Stephan Jenkins

"I don't play video games." - Clive Owen

"You don't win games as a coach during games. You win games as a coach before games. Players win during games, not coaches" - Red Auerbach

"Sexist language, racist language, theistic language - all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas." - Toni Morrison

"Until we learn the language of those outside the Church, the language of their hearts and the language of their minds, we will never be able to communicate properly. -Appalachian Melody" - Mark Heard

"The language of my love does not belong to human language, my human body does not touch the flesh of my love." - Paul Eluard

"Regardless of whether one is dealing with assembly language or compiler language, the number of debugged lines of source code per day is about the same!" - Fernando J. Corbato

"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

"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

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

"Spoken language clearly differentiates Homo sapiens from all other creatures. None but humankind produces a complex spoken language, a medium for communication and a medium for introspective reflection." - Richard Leakey

"Yeats was the greatest poet of our times . . . certainly the greatest in this language, and so far as I am able to judge, in any language." - T S Eliot

"No instance exists of a person's writing two language perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth." - Thomas Jefferson

"It's no big deal about how you get language to evolve. You cause language to evolve by saying new and intelligent things to each other." - Terence Mckenna

"There's something to be said about all music being some translation of our languaging, our way of communicating. It's a language. This is a new language." - Suzanne Ciani

"The language organ evolved on Tuesday; language was invented on Wednesday; and everyone else in the world was eliminated on Thursday." - Mark Rosenfelder

"Were a language ever completely grammatical it would be a perfect engine of conceptual expression. Unfortunately, or luckily, no language is tyrannically consistent. All grammars leak." - Edward Sapir

"We thus make a fundamental distinction between competence (the speaker-hearer's knowledge of his language) and performance (the actual use of language in concrete situations)." - Noam Chomsky

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

"Civilization could not exist until there was written language, because without written language no generation could bequeath to succeeding generations anything but its simpler findings." - Charlton Laird

"Grammar is not a set of rules; it is something inherent in the language, and language cannot exist without it. It can be discovered, but not invented." - Charlton Laird

"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

"I studied Comparative Literature at Cornell. Structuralism was real big then. The idea of reading and writing as being this language game. There's a lot of appeal to that. It's nice to think of it as this playful kind of thing. But I think that another way to look at it is "Look, I just want to be sincere. I want to write something and make you feel something and maybe you will go out and do something." And it seems that the world is in such bad shape now that we don't have time to do nothing but language games. That's how it seems to me." - William T Vollmann

"Of the properties of mathematics, as a language, the most peculiar one is that by playing formal games with an input mathematical text, one can get an output text which seemingly carries new knowledge. The basic examples are furnished by scientific or technological calculations: general laws plus initial conditions produce predictions, often only after time-consuming and computer-aided work. One can say that the input contains an implicit knowledge which is thereby made explicit." - Yuri Ivanovich Manin

"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

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

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

"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Let God be true but every man a liar" is the language of true faith" - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful." - Charles Caleb Colton

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

"Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?" - Melina Marchetta

"If this hast been done to language, I fear to know the fate of all else." - Michael J. Sullivan

"Architecture is a language. When you are very good, you can be a poet" - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

"I'm swimming in your cadences that you permeate my very language." - David Levithan

"The name of a person you love is more than language." - Tennessee Williams

"Language is mankind's greatest invention - except, of course, that it was never invented." - Guy Deutscher

"They ca' even think of freedom because they do' have the language to." - M. K. Asante

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

"We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language." - Oscar Wilde

"Pedagogy, like language itself, can either liberate or imprison ideas, inspire of suffocate constructive thinking." - Hyman Bass

"Mathematics is a language" - J. Willard Gibbs

"Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language." - H Jackson Brown Jr

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

"The physical language of the body is so much more powerful than words." - Bill Irwin

"Persuasive, yet denying eyes, all eloquent with language of their own." - John Locke

"Ennui is a growth of English root, though nameless in our language." - Lord Byron

"There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture." - William Shakespeare

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

"And ye talk together still, In the language wherewith Spring Letters cowslips on the hill." - Alfred Tennyson

"Sweet tears! the awful language, eloquent Of infinite affection; far too big For words." - Robert Pollok

"Jest not at preacher's language or expression: How know'st thou but thy sins made him miscarry?" - George Herbert

"Accent is the soul of a language; it gives the feeling and truth to it." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"By the language cabalistic. By the cymbal, drum, and his stick." - Thomas Stanley (author)

"Here tears and sighs speak his imperfect moan, In language far more moving than his own." - Abraham Cowley

"You follow words of the toga (language of the cultivated class)." - Persius

"language is never neutral" - Paulo Freire

"The English language is more complex than calculus because numbers don't have nuances." - Andy Rooney

"If apple is the language of the future, then art must be the core." - Elliot W. Eisner

"There is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory. We have forgotten this language. We do not even remember that it exists..." - Derrick Jensen



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