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"French was my first language." - Bob Cousy

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

"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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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 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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Chef: Any cook who swears in French." - Henry Beard

"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

"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

"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

"When I arrived at Columbia, I gave up acting and became interested in all things French. French poetry, French history, French literature." - Joseph Gordonlevitt

"When I arrived at Columbia, I gave up acting and became interested in all things French. French poetry, French history, French literature." - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"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

"I don't like people who speak French in public places. This includes the French." - Ian Shoales

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican." - George W Bush

"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

"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

"It is curious that some learned dunces, because they can write nonsense in languages that are dead, should despise those that talk sense in language that are living. To acquire a few tongues, says a French writer, is the task of a few years, but to be eloquent in one, is the labor of a life." - Charles Caleb Colton

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

"[Albert] Camus' was born in Algeria of French nationality, and was assimilated into the French colony, although the French colonists rejected him absolutely because of his poverty." - Catherine Camus

"I met one child there eleven years old, speaking three languages [in Guinea]. He could speak English, French and Malinke. Speaking my language actually better than I could. And this hypocrisy - they tell us here in America [ that black people can't be intelligent]." - Fannie Lou Hamer

"In Paris you're always surrounded by French people." - David Sedaris

"Every French soldier carriers a marshal's baton in his knapsack." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed." - Ray Nagin

"French sounds flat. In English, you can play with pitch." - Eva Green

"Is French kissing in France just called kissing?" - Peter Kay

"French people are Italian people in a bad mood." - Jean Cocteau

"French elegance lies in the balance of romance and restraint." - Sarah Turnbull

"I work, play and do everything in French." - Philippe Falardeau

"Poetry is language in orbit." - Seamus Heaney

"Metaphor is embodied in language." - Dennis Potter

"In language clarity is everything." - Confucius

"A careful blending of sarcasm, irony, and teasing, bickering has its own distinctive cadence and rhythm and is as difficult to master as French, Spanish, or any elective second language. Like Chinese, the fine points of bickering can be discerned in the subtle rise and fall of the voice. If not practiced properly, bickering can be mistaken for its less sophisticated counterpart: whining." - Linda Sunshine

"The French are sawed-off sissies who eat snails and slugs and cheese that smells like people's feet. Utter cowards who force their own children to drink wine, they gibber like baboons even when you try to speak to them in their own wimpy language." - P. J. O'Rourke

"When you are a kid you have your own language, and unlike French or Spanish or whatever you start learning in fourth grade, this one you are born with, and eventually lose...Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult...is only a slow sewing it shut." - Jodi Picoult

"I thought English is a strange language. Now I think French is even more strange. In France, their fish is poisson, their bread is pain, and their pancake is crepe. Pain and poison and crap. That's what they have every day." - Xiaolu Guo

"It was an identity crisis. I was born and raised in France, but I never really felt French, so I needed to find something that I was more connected to. I used to go back to Tunisia every summer, but I was more into the language, my Arabic roots." - eL Seed

"I had severed relations with the Romanian exiles who had become politically conservative and even extremely right wing; I was giving chess lessons to earn a living. Luckily we spoke quite a bit of French at home so it wasn't too difficult for me to write in my adopted language." - Dumitru Tepeneag

"English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background." - David Crystal

"I have been challenged with the fictional languages I have to learn. I wasn't terrible at languages at school - I got an A in French, so I did well enough - but I didn't enjoy them. I'm not even sure if that plays into how well you learn a fictional language!" - Nathalie Emmanuel

"Both French and Latin are involved with nationalistic and religious implications which could not be entirely shaken off, and so, while they seemed for a long time to have solved the international language problem up to a certain point, they did not really do so in spirit." - Edward Sapir

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

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

"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

"She's French, so she's teaching them French, and their previous nanny was Spanish, so they're fluent in Spanish." - Gwyneth Paltrow

"After an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: "The French are predictably unpredictable." - Andrew Mehrtens

"The bands you like and know that are French are always outsiders in the French music industry - Daft Punk, Air." - Laurent Brancowitz

"After an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: "The French are predictably unpredictable." - Andrew Mehrtens

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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 earliest memory is having my grandfather, who was born in 1899, read the newspaper to me in a foreign language. I was utterly captivated by the fact that he took the time to read it to me. I didn't know what he saying, it was in a completely different language. I think it was in French. But I was just so honored that he was with me and talking to me. It's extraordinary that you know someone from that time, and also someone that's willing to give you the time of day, who's lived through so much." - Nina Arianda

"I read everything. I'll read a John Grisham novel, I'll sit and read a whole book of poems by Maya Angelou, or I'll just read some Mary Oliver - this is a book that was given to me for Christmas. No particular genre. And I read in French, and I read in German, and I read in English. I love to see how other people use language." - Jessye Norman

"When I hear myself speak French, I look at myself differently. Certain aspects will feel closer to the way I feel or the way I am and others won't. I like that - to tour different sides of yourself. I often find when looking at people who are comfortable in many languages, they're more comfortable talking about emotional stuff in a certain language or political stuff in another and that's really interesting, how people relate to those languages." - Francois Arnaud

"In English, you can find writers with a wonderful sense of humor, like Oscar Wilde. But in the French language, this is very special, and de Sade is one of the very brave writers with a sense of humor. But most people don't understand that. When they read de Sade, they take it seriously. They say, "Oh, what an awful man!" He is really a very unknown writer." - Jesus Franco

"I work in Hebrew. Hebrew is deeply inspired by other languages. Not now, for the last three thousand years, Hebrew has been penetrated and fertilized by ancient Semitic languages - by Aramaic, by Greek, by Latin, by Arabic, by Yiddish, by Latino, by German, by Russian, by English, I could go on and on. It's very much like English. The English language took in many many fertilizations, many many genes, from other languages, from foreign languages - Latin, French, Nordic languages, German, Scandinavian languages. Every language has influences and is an influence." - Amos Oz

"The EU Constitution is something new in human history. Though it is not as eloquent as the French and U.S. constitutions, it is the first governing document of its kind to expand the human franchise to the level of global consciousness. The language throughout the draft constitution speaks of universalism, making it clear that its focus is not a people, or a territory, or a nation, but rather the human race and the planet we inhabit." - Jeremy Rifkin

"Language betrays, in order to mean." - Terence Mckenna

"My subconscious speaks in a foreign language." - Deb Caletti

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

"I can understand bitchiness in any language." - Richelle Mead

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

"Everyone smiles in the same language." - George Carlin

"Nature is written in mathematical language." - Galileo Galilei

"Every man prays in his own language." - Duke Ellington

"Everyone smiles in the same language." - Anonymous

"We've driven teenagers crazy in every language." - Robert B. Sherman

"No means yes in grasshopper language." - Noel Fielding

"Coffee is a language in itself." - Jackie Chan

"I feel very close to French culture and to the French humanism, which occasionally one finds, even in the highest places. And therefore, all of my books have been written in French." - Elie Wiesel

"When you set a play in the French Quarter in New Orleans, it's hard not to acknowledge the whole African-American, French, white mixing of races. That's what the French Quarter is: it's a Creole community." - Nicole Ari Parker

"Writing in French is one of my ambitions. I'd like to be able to dream one day in French. Italian and French are the two languages that I'd like to know." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"There is no word in English for chic. Why should there be? Everything chic is by legend French. Perhaps everything chic is in reality French." - Elizabeth Hawes



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