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"Mastery of language affords remarkable power." - Frantz Fanon

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

"God is gracious beyond the power of language to describe." - Francis Asbury

"Poetry is ordinary language raised to the "N th" power." - Paul Engle

"Power floats like money, like language, like theory." - Jean Baudrillard

"Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides." - Rita Mae Brown

"We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has" - Deborah Tannen

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

"We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has." - Deborah Tannen

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

"There are times when the power of language is not the power that is needed." - Leon Wieseltier

"Language is power, in ways more literal than most people think. When we speak, we exercise the power of language to transform reality. Why don't more of us realize the connection between language and power?" - Julia Penelope

"The power of language, it seems to me, is the only kind of power a writer is entitled to." - Cynthia Ozick

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

"There's a reason prophets perform miracles; language lacks the power to describe faith." - Mohsin Hamid

"Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation." - Angela Carter

"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence." - Adrienne Rich

"The language of Mexicans springs from abysmal extremes of power and impotence, domination and resentment." - Carlos Fuentes

"It is said that life and death are under the power of language." - Helene Cixous

"Words have power. Use the language of leadership versus the vocabulary of a victim." - Robin S. Sharma

"Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy." - Deepak Chopra

"We have evolved to understand that language of power that's taken too much." - Dar Williams

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." - Martin Buber

"I can feel the power of the words doing the work. Must trust language more." - Antony Sher

"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

"I think it'd be pretty cool to fly. Actually, I'd like to be Language Gal. My super power is that I can speak every language." - Ilana Glazer

"A marvellous power of expression over language often distinguishes genius; but Shakespeare in his phrases seems independent of the bonds of language as of the bonds of metre." - George Edward Woodberry

"In terms of language, English is very dominant vis-A-vis African language. That in itself is a power relationship - between languages and communities - because the English language is a determinant of the ladder to achievement." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"I am adding another language to the spoken language, and I am trying to restore to the language of speech its old magic, its essential spellbinding power, for its mysterious possibilities have been forgotten." - Antonin Artaud

"The view of life as a struggle for power generates a language in which life has no significance and only power matters." - Marilyn French

"What else is the power of melody but the power of feeling? Music is the language of feeling; melody is audible feeling - feeling communicating itself." - Ludwig Feuerbach

"If you adopt the body language of a power player, it will greatly facilitate your ability to be a power player." - Nick Morgan

"Language is inexorably tied to power and understanding. And power and understanding are the roots of magic. Just the act of writing something down is a magical act." - Patrick Rothfuss

"Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe." - Adrienne Rich

"I don't think the mystical experience can be verbalized. When the ego disappears, so does power over language." - W H Auden

"Language has not the power to speak what love indites: The soul lies buried in the ink that writes." - John Clare

"Besides language and music, mathematics is one of the primary manifestations of the free creative power of the human mind." - Hermann Weyl

"Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I believe that music surpasses even language in its power to mirror the innermost recesses of the human soul" - George Crumb

"Air power speaks a strategic language so new that translation into the hackneyed idiom of the past is impossible." - Alexander P. de Seversky

"The power of real debate is in the language and intellectual honesty of the debaters, alongside the engagement of spectators." - Ruzwana Bashir

"The power of mathematics is often to change one thing into another, to change geometry into language." - Marcus Du Sautoy

"If I could have any power, I think flying would definitely be up there! Along with speaking every language." - Roxanne Mckee

"UKIP trades in the language of fear and division; it seeks power in order to reject responsibility." - Robert Webb

"One must avoid ambition in order to write. Otherwise something else is the goal: some kind of power beyond the power of language. And the power of language, it seems to me, is the only kind of power a writer is entitled to." - Cynthia Ozick

"We live in a world filled with language. Language imparts identity, meaning, and perspective to our human community. Writers are either polluters or part of the clean-up team. Just as the language of power and greed has the potential to destroy us, the language of reason and empathy has the power to save us. Writers can inspire a kinder, fairer, more beautiful world, or invite selfishness, stereotyping, and violence. Writers can unite people or divide them." - Mary Pipher

"The English Bible,-a book which if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"Comedy is something that we can all share, no matter what language we speak or our background, it has the power to unite us all." - Paul Goodman

"The English Bible - a book which, if every thing else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"that your power of command with simple language was one of the magnificent things of our century. (from the poem: result)" - Charles Bukowski

"The English Bible - a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"Language is as real, as tangible, in our lives as streets, pipelines, telephone switchboards, microwaves, radioactivity, cloning laboratories, nuclear power stations." - Adrienne Rich

"The power of nature exists in its silence. Human words cannot encode the meaning because human language has access only to the shadow of meaning." - Malidoma Patrice Some

"Wordsmiths who serve established power...castrate the public imagination by subjecting language to a complexity which renders it private. Elitism is always their aim." - John Ralston Saul

"Under a neoliberal regime, the language of authority, power and command is divorced from ethics, social responsibility, critical analysis and social costs." - Henry Giroux

"Words being arbitrary must owe their power to association, and have the influence, and that only, which custom has given them. Language is the dress of thought." - Samuel Johnson

"The English Bible - a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power." - Thomas Babington Macaulay

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"Every form of power comes down to language. In law, there's all kinds of words you don't know if you're not a lawyer and that gives them power. In business, it's the same thing." - Tony Robbins

"Love is the single most powerful and important word and notion in culture and language. Until the power of love supersedes the love of power we have no chance of ever being successful." - Bill Walton

"Pop music has greater power to change people and to affect people because it's a universal language. You don't have to understand music to understand the power of a pop song." - Paul Epworth

"There are four different kinds of power in a communication: position power (the CEO talking to her direct reports), emotion power (passion sometimes rules the day), expertise (people often listen to the most knowledgeable person in the room), and conversational power (the subtlest, this is the ability to direct the conversation through body language)." - Nick Morgan

"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair." - Nelson Mandela

"So our task as stewards of the word begins and ends in love. Loving language means cherishing it for its beauty, precision, power to enhance understanding, power to name, power to heal. And it means using words as instruments of love." - Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

"This I have observed: There are no language barriers in the Church. There is a mighty power that transcends the power of messages conveyed by words alone, and this is the power of messages communicated by the Spirit to our hearts." - Joseph B Wirthlin

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

"The language of the heart-the language which "comes from the heart" and "goes to the heart"-is always simple, always graceful, and always full of power, but no art of rhetoric can teach it. It is at once the easiest and most difficult language-difficult, since it needs a heart to speak it; easy, because its periods though rounded and full of harmony, are still unstudied." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Your spirit is to be connected with your attention. Your spirit which is in your heart has to come in your attention. So who does the connection is this power which we call in Sanskrit language as Kundalini." - Nirmala Srivastava

"The Greeks understood the mysterious power of the below things. They are the ones who gave us one of the most beautiful words in our language, the word enthusiasm." - Louis Pasteur

"The architect who combines in his being the powers of vision, of imagination, of intellect, of sympathy with human need and the power to interpret them in a language vernacular and time- is he who shall create poems in stone." - Louis Sullivan

"Language the most forcible proceeds from the man who is most sincere. The way to speak with power, or to write words that pierce mankind to the quick, is to speak and write honestly." - Elias Lyman Magoon

"If by fate anyone means the will or power of God, let him keep his meaning but mend his language; for fate commonly means a necessary process which will have its way apart from the will of God and men." - Saint Augustine

"A president, however, must stand somewhat apart, as all great presidents have known instinctively. Then the language which has the power to survive its own utterance is the most likely to move those to whom it is immediately spoken." - J. R. Pole

"Let us accept different forms of religion among men, as we accept different languages, wherein there is still but one human nature expressed. Every genius has most power in his own language, and every heart in its own religion." - Jean Paul

"The most evident difference springs from the important part which is played in man by a relatively strong power of imagination and by the capacity to think, aided as it is by language and other symbolically devices." - Albert Einstein

"Music is the language of all. It tames the savage beast and allows us to get over heartbreak. It helps us express what we really want to say and it has the power to lift hearts and awaken our souls...." - James A. Murphy III

"All that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries about consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"TV is a language all its own, a land of one dimensional stereotypes that destroys culture, not adds to it. TV is anti-art, a reflection of consumerism that serves the power structure. TV is about demographics." - Roseanne Barr

"Language conveys a certain power. It is one of the instruments of domination. It is carefully guarded by the superior people because it is one of the means through which they conserve their supremacy." - Sheila Rowbotham

"Shame derives its power from being unspeakable...If we speak shame, it begins to wither. Just the way exposure to light was deadly for the gremlins, language and story bring light to shame and destroy it." - Brene Brown

"They want politics and think it will save them. At best, it gives direction to their numbed desires. But there is no politics but the manipulation of power through language. Thus the latter's constant debasement." - Gilbert Sorrentino

"It is a tragedy beyond the power of language to convey when what has been imposed on women by force becomes a standard of freedom for women: and all the women say it is so." - Andrea Dworkin

"The relation of photography and language is a principal site of struggle for value and power in contemporary representations of reality; it is the place where images and words find and lose their conscience, their aesthetic and ethical identity." - William J. Mitchell

"They want politics and think it will save them. At best, it gives direction to their numbed desires. But there is no politics but the manipulation of power through language. Thus the latter's constant debasement." - Gilbert Sorrentino

"The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language. ... In due time, the fraud is manifest, and words lose all power to stimulate the understanding or the affections." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is clear that whatever language of democracy Obama and his administration use is very tactically deployed, and has as its main aim the extension of US power and interests." - Judith Butler

"My passion is to open people's eyes to the sea using the power of photography as a universal language to convince the unconvinced among us that the oceans are fragile and finite." - David Doubilet

"It is clear that whatever language of democracy [Barack] Obama and his administration use is very tactically deployed, and has as its main aim the extension of US power and interests." - Judith Butler

"If a symbolic language dies, it tortures us like a nightmare, like a thousand piece orchestra grating on our nerves and tearing our mind to pieces.... It is a corpse with no symbolic power or strength." - Asger Jorn

"Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive." - Roland Barthes

"Politicians are very experienced - maybe too experienced - at using body language to signal power and competence. But what these politicians are much more likely to struggle with, or just neglect to do altogether, is communicate warmth and trustworthiness." - Amy Cuddy

"Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words." - Paul Engle

"If a symbolic language dies, it tortures us like a nightmare, like a thousand piece orchestra grating on our nerves and tearing our mind to pieces... It is a corpse with no symbolic power or strength." - Asger Jorn

"Twitter has already birthed an entire ecosystem of other sites that extend its power or interact with it. But Twitter isn't just a platform for technological innovation: It's showing signs as an engine of creativity for the language, too." - Erin Mckean

"Power doesn't just exist. It is threaded through different mechanisms of control. I'm interested in those complexities. But I want to address that in very forthright language and sometimes with images." - Barbara Kruger

"There's no doubt in my mind that 'Slam' is going to be huge. It's a film about the power of language. People are going to see this and get blown away." - Saul Williams

"As our language wanes and dies, the golden legends of the far-off centuries fade and pass away. No one sees their influence upon culture; no one sees their educational power." - Douglas Hyde

"The necessity of poetry has to be stated over and over, but only to those who have reason to fear its power, or those who still believe that language is 'only words' and that an old language is good enough for our descriptions of the world we are trying to transform." - Adrienne Rich

"A basic language-literacy of Nature is falling from us. And what is being lost along with this literacy is something perhaps even more valuable: a kind of language-magic, the power that certain words possess to enchant our imaginative relations with Nature and landscape." - Robert Macfarlane

"I was wondering why I was put in prison for working in an African language when I had not been put in prison for working in English. So really, in prison I started thinking more seriously about the relation between language and power." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"There is a pretty interesting document called 'action writing.' Which is not all about spontaneity and first thought, best thought,' but a certain kind of attention to the smallest increments of the phonemes of language, The kind of power of connection, what he is able to do with language." - Anne Waldman

"Rights are not the language of democracy. Compromise is what democracy is about. Rights are the language of freedom, and are absolute because their role is to protect our liberty. By using the absolute power of freedom to accomplish reforms of democracy, we have undermined democracy and diminished our freedom." - Philip K. Howard

"When you are challenging the young, they can come back at you with language of tremendous power and they are no respecters of sacred cows, you know, the young. There's nothing politically correct about the average young Australian when it comes to use of language." - Tony Abbott

"It would be naive to imagine that any analysis of experience is dependent on pattern expressed in language. Any concept, whether or not it forms part of the system of grammatical categories, can be conveyed in any language. If a notion is lacking in a given series, it implies a different configuration and not a lack of expressive power." - Edward Sapir

"I have never said, as is sometimes believed, or even suggested that lower-class children should not learn the so-called educated norm of the Portuguese language of Brazil. What I have said is that the problems of language always involve ideological questions and, along with them, questions of power." - Paulo Freire

"Entranced by the denotative power of words to define, to order, to represent the things around us, weve overlooked the songful dimension of language so obvious to our oral [storytelling] ancestors. Weve lost our ear for the music of language - for the rhythmic, melodic layer of speech by which earthly things overhear us." - David Abram

"As the base rhetorician uses language to increase his own power, to produce converts to his own cause, and to create loyal followers of his own person so the noble rhetorician uses language to wean men away from their inclination to depend on authority, to encourage them to think and speak clearly, and to teach them to be their own masters." - Thomas Szasz

"The majority of the people of the world today are unsane, not insane, unsane meaning having been exposed to methods of evaluation that have long rendered obsolete, our language in the future will change to a saner language where we have no argument in it, 'can there be such a language?' there is, when engineers talk to each other, it's not subject to interpretation, they use math, they use descriptive systems, if I interpreted what another engineer said in the way I think he meant it: you couldn't build bridges, dams, power transmission lines. The language has to have meaning" - Jacque Fresco

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

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

"Verbing weirds language." - Bill Watterson

"Mathematics is a language" - J. Willard Gibbs

"language is never neutral" - Paulo Freire

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Language changes very fast." - John M. Smith

"BASIC - A programming language." - Anonymous

"Music is a language." - Youssou Ndour

"...language is never innocent." - Roland Barthes

"Language is fossil Poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I love body language." - Anton Corbijn

"Lexicographers are language reporters." - Erin Mckean

"Language changes very fast." - John Maynard Smith

"Most Russians don't treat the government, or those in power, as something close to them. They don't believe that they, as ordinary people, are able to change the development of things. That's why they have a very specific ironic sentiment towards power and the figures that represent it. I wanted to translate this irony into the cinematic language." - Andrey Zvyagintsev

"The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to." - Lawrence Clark Powell

"Indeed, if a chief question does remain: how is the power to think possible? - The power to think right and left, before and without, with and above experience? then it does not take a deduction to prove the genealogical priority of language." - Johann Georg Hamann

"I believe in fiction and the power of stories because that way we speak in tongues. We are not silenced. All of us, when in deep trauma, find we hesitate, we stammer; there are long pauses in our speech. The thing is stuck. We get our language back through the language of others. We can turn to the poem. We can open the book. Somebody has been there for us and deep-dived the words." - Jeanette Winterson

"I have stolen more quotes and thoughts and purely elegant little starbursts of writing from the Book of Revelation than anything else in the English language - and it is not because I am a biblical scholar, or because of any religious faith, but because I love the wild power of the language and the purity of the madness that governs it and makes it music." - Hunter S Thompson

"Men who allow their love of power to give them a distorted view of the world are to be found in every asylum: one man will think he is the Governor of the Bank of England, another will think he is the King, and yet another will think he is God. Highly similar delusions, if expressed by educated men in obscure language, lead to professorships of philosophy; and if expressed by emotional men in eloquent language, lead to dictatorships." - Bertrand Russell

"I'm never more aware of the limitations of language than when I try to describe beauty. Language can create its own loveliness, of course, but it cannot deliver to us the radiance we apprehend in the world, any more than a photograph can capture the stunning swiftness of a hawk or the withering power of a supernova... All that pictures or words can do is gesture beyond themselves toward the fleeting glory that stirs our hearts. So I keep gesturing." - Scott Sanders

"Each man is contained and constrained, on entering social life, to fit his own life in, just as he fits his words and thoughts into a language that was formed without and before him and which is impervious to his power. Entering the game, as it were, whether of belonging to a nation or of using a language, a man enters arrangements which it does not fall to him to determine, but only to learn and respect the rules." - Alain Finkielkraut

"Poetry is the art of using language to transcend language," - Laurence Overmire

"Language uses us as much as we use language." - Robin Lakoff

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

"Humans are language machines, computers are language machines." - Howard Rheingold

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

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

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

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

"I love language, and I love the failure of language." - Nate Lowman

"The language of the poem is the language of particulars." - Mary Oliver

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

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

"Poetry is language in orbit." - Seamus Heaney

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

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

"Nothing exists except through language." - Hans-Georg Gadamer

"Music is a universal language." - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

"Fashion is an instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"Language always gives you away." - George Carlin

"Abstraction is an esoteric language." - Eric Fischl



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