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"Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language." - Alfred North Whitehead

"The importance of an artist is bringing new signs into a language." - Steve Sabol

"The verb is relatively of much greater importance in an Indian tongue than in a civilized language." - John Wesley Powell

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

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

"Neo-Darwinian language and conceptual structure itself ensures scientific failure: Major questions posed by zoologists cannot be answered from inside the neo-Darwinian straitjacket. Such questions include, for example, 'How do new structures arise in evolution?' 'Why, given so much environmental change, is stasis so prevalent in evolution as seen in the fossil record?' 'How did one group of organisms or set of macromolecules evolve from another?' The importance of these questions is not at issue; it is just that neo-Darwinians, restricted by their resuppositions, cannot answer them." - Lynn Margulis

"The importance of an artist is to be measured by the quantity of new signs which he has introduced to the language of art." - Henri Matisse

"By emphasizing the importance of a common language, we safeguard a proud legacy and help to ensure that America's future will be as great as her past." - Ronald Reagan

"There is a wealth of readership for regional language literature in India that is not given importance. We must give respect to our own languages." - Amish Tripathi

"Poetry is language in orbit." - Seamus Heaney

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

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

"Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music's importance in our lives, music is the language of love, of laughter, of heartbreak, of mystery. It's the world's true, true, without question, universal language." - Alicia Keys

"The research carried out in the area of language technology is of utmost importance for the consolidation of Portuguese as a language of global communication in the information society." - Pedro Passos Coelho

"In the lives of individuals and societies, language is a factor of greater importance than any other. For the study of language to remain solely the business of a handful of specialists would be a quite unacceptable state of affairs." - Ferdinand De Saussure

"Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance." - Rem Koolhaas

"Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"I have always maintained the importance of Aunts" - Jane Austen

"War is a matter of vital importance to the state." - Sun Tzu

"Nature admits no hierarchy of beauty or usefulness or importance." - Stephen Fry

"Work to recognize the primary importance of the present moment." - Eckhart Tolle

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

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

"Music is the language spoken by angels." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Typography is what language looks like." - Ellen Lupton

"Language is also a place of struggle." - Bell Hooks

"The unconscious is structured like a language." - Jacques Lacan

"The chief merit of language is clearness." - Galen

"Acting is not my language at all." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

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

"Touch is the first language we speak." - Stephen Gaskin

"I want to start where language ends." - Antony Gormley

"Usage is the best language teacher." - Quintilian

"All words, in every language, are metaphors." - Marshall Mcluhan

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

"I see tendencies, I see body language." - Michael Chang

"On the other hand, in a society whose communication component is becoming more prominent day by day, both as a reality and as an issue, it is clear that language assumes a new importance." - Jean-Francois Lyotard

"Indeed art is fundamental : to science, mathematics and to language. Unfortunately theorists, educators, parents and administrators have not fully understood its importance, relegating it to a secondary role, or that of an add on." - John A. Hiigli

"On the other hand, in a society whose communication component is becoming more prominent day by day, both as a reality and as an issue, it is clear that language assumes a new importance." - Jeanfrancois Lyotard

"Scientists attach great importance to the human capacity for spoken language. But we also have a parallel track of nonverbal communication, which may reveal more than our carefully chosen words, and sometimes be at odds with them." - Leonard Mlodinow

"Racism always exists cheek by jowl with, inside, and alongside culture and class. As a rule, it is inseparable from them. That is why, for example, food, language and names assume such importance in racial prejudice." - Martin Jacques

"I am aware of the technical distinction between 'less' and 'fewer', and between 'uninterested' and 'disinterested' and 'infer' and 'imply', but none of these are of importance to me. 'None of these are of importance,' I wrote there, you'll notice - the old pedantic me would have insisted on "none of them is of importance". Well I'm glad to say I've outgrown that silly approach to language" - Stephen Fry

"I am aware of the technical distinction between "less" and "fewer", and between "uninterested" and "disinterested" and "infer" and "imply", but none of these are of importance to me. "None of these are of importance," I wrote there, you"ll notice - the old pedantic me would have insisted on "none of them is of importance". Well I'm glad to say I"ve outgrown that silly approach to language" - Stephen Fry

"Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart." - Sivananda

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams." - Paul Gauguin

"Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you." - Dane Rudhyar

"Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation." - Toni Morrison

"Those who read in a second language write and spell better in that language." - Stephen D. Krashen

"Learning to read in one language helps us read a second language." - Stephen D. Krashen

"This organization of functional discourse is of vital importance; it serves as a vehicle of coordination and subordination. The unified, functional language is an irreconcilably anti-critical and anti-dialectical language. In it, operational and behavioral rationality absorbs the transcendent, negative, oppositional elements of Reason." - Herbert Marcuse

"I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization." - Frantz Fanon

"One sacrifice has to be made: never use harsh or rude language. Foul language you can use; foul language doesn't hurt. Foul language is forgivable (though it is bad). But rude language cannot be forgiven." - Harbhajan Singh Yogi

"It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"The sympathy of most people consists of a mixture of good-humour, curiosity, and self-importance." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies." - Rudyard Kipling

"There's nothing of any importance in life-except how well you do your work." - Ayn Rand

"Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self- importance." - Goswami Kriyananda

"Who you are is of greater importance than what you do." - Ann M. Fudge

"The only thing of real importance that leader do is to create and manage culture" - Edgar Schein

"What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy." - Sun Tzu

"I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp." - J K Rowling

"Nothing of any importance has ever been accomplished by a pessimist." - Jack Welch

"Every part of the journey is of importance to the whole." - Teresa of Avila

"The importance of discretion increases with closeness to the top of a hierarchical organization." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"In this world the inclination to do things is of more importance than the mere power." - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"Probably the only thing my mom and dad agreed on was the vital importance of guilt." - Linda Barnes

"Self-importance requires spending most of one's life offended by something or someone." - Carlos Castaneda

"The more we give importance to skill development, the more competent will be our youth." - Narendra Modi

"A trifle is often pregnant with high importance; the prudent man neglects no circumstance." - Sophocles

"Once one's up against it, the precise manner of one's death has obviously small importance." - Albert Camus

"Love shouldn't make our choices for us; it should just add importance to our choices." - Abbi Glines

"Language is the instrument in all cases and can language be trusted?If it were not for language, could we lie?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"The official language of the State of Illinois shall be known hereafter as the American language, and not the English language." - Frank Church

"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

"God's first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation." - Thomas Keating

"As was his language so was his life." - Seneca the Younger

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

"We photographers are poets in the language of symbols." - Jan Phillips

"TV shapes thought as surely as language shapes it." - Jennifer Stone

"That is not good language which all understand not." - George Herbert

"In plain proletarian worker's language, it takes two to tango." - Fred Hampton

"Act averse to nasty language and partial to fruity tea." - Al Swearengen

"I can read your body language like a conversation" - Dom Kennedy

"The only love language is 'die to self.'" - Christine Caine

"False language, evil in itself, infects the soul with evil." - Socrates

"The philosopher caught in the nets of language." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The spiritual activity of millennia is deposited in language." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Fancy language, like poplin, too often conceals an eczema." - Albert Camus

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

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

"Language is the spiritual exhalation of the nation." - Wilhelm Von Humboldt

"Language is generated by the intellect and generates the intellect." - Peter Abelard

"poets are born knowing the language of angels" - Madeleine L'Engle

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

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

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"The language you are about to hear... is disturbing." - Dave Chappelle

"To have another language is to possess a second soul." - Charlemagne

"Writers let themselves be enticed by the language." - Peter Bichsel

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

"We all laugh and cough with the same language and will die with the same language as well!" - Javad Alizadeh

"The word right should be excluded from political language, as the word cause from the language of philosophy." - Auguste Comte

"Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings." - Umberto Eco

"Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language. It is essentially a written language, and it endeavors to exemplify in its written structures the patterns which it is its purpose to convey. The pattern of the marks on paper is a particular instance of the pattern to be conveyed to thought. The algebraic method is our best approach to the expression of necessity, by reason of its reduction of accident to the ghostlike character of the real variable." - Alfred North Whitehead

"God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance." - Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Never confuse the importance of things with things of importance." - Mardy Grothe

"When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man?" - Henry David Thoreau

"International Literacy Day is an occasion to celebrate the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies everywhere" - Koichiro Matsuura

"That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears to be an objective of vital importance." - Abraham Lincoln

"To judge of the real importance of the individual, we should think of the effect his death would produce." - Francis de Gaston, Chevalier de Levis

"Every effort to make society sensitive to the importance of the family, is a great service to humanity." - Pope John Paul Ii

"So thank you for reminding me about the importance of being a good mom and a great volunteer as well." - George W Bush

"Man is busy desiring to find something which only he can do so that his ego acquires importance." - Rajneesh

"Any truth, no matter how valid, if emphasized to the exclusion of other truths of equal importance, is practical error." - Kathryn Kuhlman

"We are disgusted by gossip; yet it is of importance to keep the angels in their proprieties." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing is more hackneyed than the liberal dogma that shock value confers automatic importance on an artwork." - Camille Paglia

"It is almost impossible to overemphasize the importance with which ancestry is held in the Middle East and North Africa." - Tahir Shah

"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy. On the importance of loving what you do..." - Steve Jobs

"Never underestimate the vital importance of finding early in life the work that for you is play." - Ken Robinson

"One should not exaggerate the importance of trifles. Life, for instance, is much too short to be taken seriously." - Nicolas Bentley

"Ordered by subject, by importance, ordered according to whether the book was penned by God or by one of God's creatures, ordered alphabetically or by numbers or by the language in which the text is written, every library translates the chaos of discovery and creation into a structured system of hierarchies or a rampage of free associations." - Alberto Manguel

"Questions that pertain to the foundations of mathematics, although treated by many in recent times, still lack a satisfactory solution. Ambiguity of language is philosophy's main source of problems. That is why it is of the utmost importance to examine attentively the very words we use." - Giuseppe Peano

"Where does our investigation get its importance from, since it seems only to destroy everything interesting, that is, all that is great and important? (As it were all the buildings, leaving behind only bits of stone and rubble.) What we are destroying is nothing but houses of cards and we are clearing up the ground of language on which they stand." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"The importance of language in gaining knowledge is doubtless the chief cause of the common notion that knowledge may be passed directly from one to another. It almost seems as if all we have to do to convey an idea into the mind of another is to convey a sound into his ear. Thus imparting knowledge gets assimilated to a purely physical process." - John Dewey

"So the aim for the press was a mixture of things: to publish under-represented writing, which is an intersection of original language, style, content, and often its author's gender. To publish it properly, in a way that makes it clear that this is art, not anthropology. To spotlight the importance of translation in making cultures less dully homogenous." - Deborah Smith

"No-one who has a real understanding of the art of painting attaches any importance to what we call the subject of a picture - what is represented. To one who feels the language of pictorial form, all depends on how it is presented, nothing on what." - Roger Fry

"English language is the most universal language in history, way more than the Latin of Julius Caesar. Its the most punderful language because its vocabulary has a certain critical mass that makes a lingo good for punning." - Richard Lederer

"Just remember, the language of gesture is more effective than the spoken word. Body language is very powerful. Bring the balance within you and project that balance." - Harbhajan Singh Yogi

"Put a symbol, or language of some sort, in a painting and it will be noticed by the viewer whether or not they can read that particular language." - Mike Svob

"Gore speaks to America as if English is its second language; George W. speaks as if English is his second language." - Adam Clymer

"Bush and Blair ... don't understand any language but the language of force. Every time they kill us, we kill them, so the balance of terror is achieved." - Osama Bin Laden

"Language is the only chimera whose illusory power is endless, the inexhaustibility which keeps life from being impoverished. Let men learn to serve language." - Karl Kraus

"Notes and chords have become my second language and, more often than not, that vocabulary expresses what I feel when language fails me." - Slash

"Sci-Fi is incredibly challenging and has its own language. I have to speak its language; it's not going to learn mine." - Victoria Mahoney

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

"There's almost no content in terms of language at all. I don't like using language to convey meaning. I'd rather use images and music." - Philip Glass

"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

"Not only the entire ability to think rests on language... but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself." - Johann Georg Hamann

"Realistically, English is a universal language; it's the number one language for music and for communicating with the rest of the world." - Enrique Iglesias

"Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers." - Cesar Chavez

"Morality, like language, is an invented structure for conserving and communicating order. And morality is learned, like language, by mimicking and remembering." - Jane Rule

"The dramatic importance of climate changes to the world's future has been dangerously underestimated by many, often because we have been lulled by modern technology into thinking we have conquered nature. This well-written book points out in clear language that the climatic threat could be as awesome as any we might face, and that massive world-wide actions to hedge against that threat deserve immediate consideration." - Stephen Schneider

"The dramatic importance of climate changes to the world's future has been dangerously underestimated by many, often because we have been lulled by modern technology into thinking we have conquered nature. This well-written book points out in clear language that the climatic threat could be as awesome as any we might face, and that massive world-wide actions to hedge against that threat deserve immediate consideration." - Stephen Schneider

"The Government honoring our treaties and sovereignty is first and foremost. These issues are still the top priority which [Barak] Obama, if elected, has promised us. For us, we should implement the most impor-tant programs right now: they are programs to teach the children a positive sense of dignity, self-worth, and the importance of sustaining their culture, history, language and honor as a people." - Leonard Peltier

"The importance of humility. We need the humility to know that truth can be ephemeral, that this can be but one version of the truth." - Ken Auletta



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