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Language Use Quotes


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

"Great men, like nature, use simple language." - Luc De Clapiers

"Language makes infinite use of finite media." - Wilhelm Von Humboldt

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

"It's your language. I'm just trying to use it." - Victor Borge

"You cannot use butterfly language to communicate with caterpillars" - Timothy Leary

"It is wrong to use equal language for unequal actions." - Peter Akinola

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

"Design is just language and the real issue is what you use that language to do." - Tibor Kalman

"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

"Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language." - John Milius

"If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do." - Daniel Kahneman

"The functional language is a radically anti-historical language: operational rationality has little room and little use for historical reason." - Herbert Marcuse

"I tell my students to think of poems as language plus, language with value added beyond its everyday use." - Monica Youn

"Those who use language and have nothing but language to express themselves live in a cage that cannot feel comfortable." - Martin Walser

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

"I want to find a language that transforms language itself into steel for the spirit-a language to use against these sparkling insects, these jets." - Mahmoud Darwish

"Words are our life. We are human because we use language. So I think we are less human when we use less language." - Carol Shields

"I use the language I use to my friends. They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language. I want them to believe me." - Adrian Mitchell

"It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning." - Saint Augustine

"I don't use any of the terminology like 'left wing' and 'right wing.' I use language like 'godly' and 'holiness.'" - Phil Robertson

"I don't use coarse language very often. I have a larger vocabulary than that." - John Mccain

"...For the unquiet heart and brain, A use in measured language lies." - Alfred the Great

"We should constantly use the most common, little, easy words which our language affords." - John Wesley

"Requirements in mathematical language are no use unless they are easier to read than the code." - David Parnas

"Independent India's leaders will neither use a foreign language nor rule from a remote place." - Vallabhbhai Patel

"The mystery lies in the use of language to express human life." - Eudora Welty

"There is your audience. There is the language. There are the words that they use." - Eugene Schwartz

"The use of language is all we have to pit against death and silence." - Joyce Carol Oates

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

"Even though we can't communicate using the same language, we use music instead." - Kim Jong-hyun

"Watch your mouth: The language we use creates the reality we experience." - Michael Hyatt

"You don't need to use the language of God to ask where the restrooms are." - Etgar Keret

"I think fiction goes to poetry for the intensity of its use of language." - Edward Hirsch

"They gave us the language but it is only we who know how to use it" - Hanif Kureishi

"In the commerce of language use only coin of gold and silver." - Joseph Joubert

"The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating." - John M Ford

"My use of language is part and parcel of my message." - Theo Van Gogh

"If you have the language gift, you can use it as a tool." - Nicola Griffith

"I appreciate people who try and use language in an interesting way." - Jarvis Cocker

"Senator, we just don't use that kind of language on the floor of the Senate." - Mike Mansfield

"We use so much bad language that it forms a barrier between ourselves and the truth." - Tom Robbins

"Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I try to write about how we live today, how we use language, technology, our bodies." - Dana Spiotta

"I think I make better use of language and imagery than when I started out." - Terry Brooks

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

"Bilingual-education advocates say it's important to teach a child in his or her family's language. I say you can't use family language in the classroom - the very nature of the classroom requires that you use language publicly." - Richard Rodriguez

"I thought why not write a kind of mystery, murder, thriller book, but use romance language where the language plays completely against the very dark subject matter, that very strange murderous plot, but use that Harlequin Romance language." - Chuck Palahniuk

"I believe that we must use language. If it is used in a feminist perspective, with a feminist sensibility, language will find itself changed in a feminist manner. It will nonetheless be the language. You can't not use this universal instrument; you can't create an artificial language, in my opinion. But naturally, each writer must use it in his/her own way." - Simone De Beauvoir

"Is there no room for art in the spoken language? What is the use of creating an unnatural language to the exclusion of the natural one?" - Swami Vivekananda

"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

"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

"I would never use obscene language in the office. Certainly not. I kept my obscene language for the home, where it belongs." - Harold Pinter

"I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives." - Ntozake Shange

"I do not use the language of my people. I can take liberties with certain themes which the Arabic language would not allow me to take." - Tahar Ben Jelloun

"I would guess that the decision to create a small special purpose language or use an existing general purpose language is one of the toughest decisions that anyone facing the need for a new language must make." - Guido Van Rossum

"You know, they were returning to the language of the people and trying to use musical language, particularly as Copland did to create a musical language in which all Americans would feel that they had a stake." - Michael Tilson Thomas

"Everybody has a language or code that they use with their wife or their girlfriend or boyfriend or what have you. It's a language aside from the language they have with strangers." - Ben Gibbard

"If the president is going to use so much language of theology and the Bible, then let's use that language for a serious discussion about the war in Iraq. And that was never done." - Jim Wallis

"Bad language or abuse, I never, never use, Whatever the emergency; Though, 'Bother it,' I may Occasionally say, I never use a big, big D-." - W. S. Gilbert

"I remember reading once that some fellows use language to conceal thought; but it's been my experience that a good many more use it instead of thought." - George Horace Lorimer

"Consider the way you speak and your use of language; it's a reflection of your warrior spirit." - Frederick Lenz

"Language is a poor enough means of communication as it is. So we should use all the words we have." - Caitlin R. Kiernan

"The most incomprehensible talk comes from people who have no other use for language than to make themselves understood." - Karl Kraus

"I'd come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"If I were to pick a language to use today other than Java, it would be Scala" - James Gosling

"My language is what I use, and if I lost that, I wouldnt be able to say anything." - Howard Hodgkin

"If you are a thinker, you will change the language. You will not use words the way others do." - Gertrude Stein

"Language is the tool of my trade -and I use them all - all the Englishes I grew up with" - Amy Tan

"There is no way to use non-Christian language and logic to arrive at Christian utterances, conclusions, and behavior." - Greg L. Bahnsen

"Good talkers are people who use interesting language and have a lot of energy in speech and who also listen." - Grace Paley

"Aaron Sorkin very sticky about using precise language. It's in his contract: you have to use what he writes!" - Martin Sheen

"I don't use those terms [like Uncle Tom], and I would never speak in that kind of language." - Jill Stein

"I learned to use language like my mother did. I would simulcast, give you the program in your own tongue." - Trevor Noah

"If you want to program in C, program in C. It's a nice language. I use it occasionally... :-)" - Larry Wall

"One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word 'I." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"The price a world language must be prepared to pay is submission to many different kinds of use." - Chinua Achebe

"Philosophy may in no way interfere with the actual use of language; it can in the end only describe it." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand." - Toyo Ito

"What I take from writers I like is their economy - the ability to use language to very effective ends." - Mos Def

"Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols." - George Henry Lewes

"We often use strong language not to express a powerful emotion but to evoke it in us." - Eric Hoffer

"Of course language manifests a belief only if we use its words with the implied acceptance of their appositeness." - Michael Polanyi

"The simplicities of natural laws arise through the complexities of the language we use for their expression." - Eugene Wigner

"One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word 'I.'" - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"My language is what I use, and if I lost that, I wouldn't be able to say anything." - Howard Hodgkin

"I don't know the rules of grammar... If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular." - David Ogilvy

"Language both reflects and shapes society. Culture shapes language and then language shapes culture. Little wonder that the words we use to talk to each other, and about each other, are the most important words in our language: they tell us who I am, they tell us who you are, they tell us who 'they' are." - Rosalie Maggio

"Every language having a structure, by the very nature of language, reflects in its own structure that of the world as assumed by those who evolved the language. In other words, we read unconsciously into the world the structure of the language we use." - Alfred Korzybski

"Religion is much more than language, but to be Christian does mean speaking Christian for most people. The language many of us use has contributed to the crisis in Christianity in North America. Traditional Christian language is becoming less familiar to millions of people. The language is frequently misunderstood by people." - Marcus Borg

"We're trying to be very careful and precise in our use of language, because I think the language we use and the images we project really do have resonance. It's the reason why I don't use the term jihadist to refer to terrorists. It gives them the religious legitimacy they so desperately seek, but I ain't gonna give it to them." - John O Brennan

"God has to speak to each person in their own language, in their own idioms. Take Spanish, Chinese. You can express the same thought, but to different people you have to use a different language. Its the same in religion." - Huston Smith

"I curse all negative purism that tells me not to use a word from another language that either expresses something that my own language cannot or does that in a more delicate manner." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"People use location as a language in films, and Quentin uses action as a language in his films. There's really not a lot of violence. It's more of an emotional beat than it is a physical beat" - Lucy Liu

"Rhetoric is rooted in an essential function of language itself, a function that is wholly realistic and continually born anew: the use of language as a symbolic means of inducing cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols." - Kenneth Burke

"An ear will never do you wrong, but I know writers who... most of the language they use is just extracted language from other languages they've read. I am a big-time reader, but I mix and match." - Junot Diaz

"I have difficulties with contemporary language. Big difficulties. I counted, you know, something like 160 words have disappeared from the English language because of the use of the word "like." "I'm like, he's like" - not "thought," not "as if ."" - Toni Morrison

"Unless I'm writing in the Igbo language, I use a language developed elsewhere, which is English. That affects the way I write. It even affects to some extent the stories I write." - Chinua Achebe

"Censors can make a case for zero tolerance in language. They can make the argument that since we don't allow our children to use that language in schools, we also shouldn't give them stories in which it is used." - Chris Crutcher

"In some countries, of course, Spanish is the language spoken in public. But for many American children whose families speak Spanish at home, it becomes a private language. They use it to keep the English-speaking world at bay." - Richard Rodriguez

"There's never been a culture without poetry in the history of the world. In every culture, in every language there is expressive play, expressive word play, there's language use to different purposes that we would call poetry." - Edward Hirsch

"That's one of the ways language evolved, by some very obscure form becoming common usage. And I must say that I'm very intrigued by use of language and slang, and criminal underground terms." - Ricky Jay

"It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection." - Edward Sapir

"Rhetoric, which is the use of language to inform or persuade, is very important in shaping public opinion. We are very easily fooled by language and how it is used by others." - Ray Comfort

"As Bromberger observed, rules are understood to be elements of the computational systems that determine the sound and meaning of the infinite array of expressions of a language; the information so derived is accessed by other systems in language use." - Noam Chomsky

"People use location as a language in films, and Quentin uses action as a language in his films. There's really not a lot of violence. It's more of an emotional beat than it is a physical beat." - Lucy Liu

"Humans are so innately hardwired for language that they can no more suppress their ability to learn and use language than they can suppress the instinct to pull a hand back from a hot surface." - Steven Pinker

"Ads and logos are our shared global culture and language, and people are insisting on the right to use that language, to reformulate it in the way that artists and writers always do with cultural material,." - Naomi Klein

"God has to speak to each person in their own language, in their own idioms. Take Spanish, Chinese. You can express the same thought, but to different people you have to use a different language. It's the same in religion." - Huston Smith

"But for the unquiet heart and brain A use in measured language lies; The sad mechanic exercise Like dull narcotics numbing pain." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"A really good stand-up comic is a poet; it's about the use of language. It can be really poetic. And I like politically conscious comedy." - Sherman Alexie

"Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?" - Lois Lowry

"All the facts of nature are nouns of the intellect, and make the grammar of the eternal language. Every word has a double, trebleor centuple use and meaning." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Into this neutral air Where blind skyscrapers use Their full height to proclaim The strength of Collective Man, Each language pours its vain Competitive excuse." - W H Auden

"Cartoonist Walt Disney has made the twentieth century's only important contribution to music. Disney has made use of music as language." - Jerome Kern

"By understanding a machine-oriented language, the programmer will tend to use a much more efficient method; it is much closer to reality." - Donald Knuth

"When we use a language, we should commit ourselves to knowing it, being able to read it, and writing it idiomatically." - Ron Jeffries

"I begin to long for some little language such as lovers use, broken words, inarticulate words, like the shuffling of feet on pavement." - Virginia Woolf

"Every sickness has an alien quality, a feeling of invasion and loss of control that is evident in the language we use about it." - Siri Hustvedt

"A fine thought in fine language is a most precious jewel, and should not be hid away, but be exposed for use and ornament." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"This is how it always is when I finish a poem. A great silence overcomes me and I wonder why I ever thought to use language." - Rumi

"People who are cognitively busy are also more likely to make selfish choices, use sexist language, and make superficial judgments in social situations." - Daniel Kahneman

"Humans are just barely intelligent tool users; Darwinian evolutionary selection stopped when language and tool use converged, leaving the average hairy meme carrier sadly deficient in smarts." - Charles Stross

"One of the great skills in using any language is knowing what not to use, what not to say. There's that simplicity thing again." - Ron Jeffries

"Don't use the language of 'good' or 'bad' when talking about blood sugar numbers - these are data points, not judgments of your ability to manage your diabetes." - Adam Brown

"I regard writing not as an investigation of character but as an exercise in the use of language, and with this I am obsessed." - Evelyn Waugh

"I cannot bear the language TV chefs use - they don't seem able to look at a plate of vegetables without accusing it of sexual activity." - Ann Widdecombe

"Do' use the language of "good" or "bad" when talking about blood sugar numbers - these are data points, not judgments of your ability to manage your diabetes." - Adam Brown

"If a person calls themself 'autistic' and you tell them they have to use 'person first language'... you're not putting the person first." - Stuart Duncan

"I think those of us who use language are always trying for this, trying to keep everything from floating away by trying to write about it despite failure." - Martha Ronk

"Through yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices, we can learn the ways of personal equanimity. We can also learn how to use language in beneficial ways." - Satish Kumar

"For a pragmatist like me, the important issues concern the words we might deploy to achieve our purposes, rather than the language we actually use." - Philip Kitcher

"He speaks Bear-garden. That is, such rude and uncivil, or sordid and dirty language, as the rabble that frequent those sports, are wont to use." - John Ray

"I couldn't understand the language, I couldn't understand a word in the whole book, but it was somehow too eloquent to use for a fire." - William Saroyan

"For remember that in general we don't use language according to strict rules - it hasn't been taught us by means of strict rules, either." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"When you're lying awake with a dismal headache, and repose is tabooed by anxiety, /1 conceive you may use any language you choose to indulge in without impropriety." - W. S. Gilbert

"Into this neutral air Where blind skyscrapers use Their full height to proclaim The strength of Collective Man, Each language pours its vain Competitive excuse." - W H Auden

"The subtle difference in our attitude can make a major difference in our future. It can be as simple as the language we use." - Jim Rohn

"One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot." - James Joyce

"The reader is the content of any poem or of the language he employs, and in order to use any of these forms, he must put them on." - Marshall Mcluhan

"There is a way in which all writing is connected. In a second language, for example, a workshop can liberate the students' use of the vocabulary they're acquiring." - Marilyn Hacker

"Nothing in life is fair. Fair is a dirty word and I'll thank you not to use that language around me." - Jeff Lindsay

"Hip-hop, which is my generation's blues, is important to the characters that I write about. They use hip-hop to understand the world through language." - Jesmyn Ward

"Texting has added a new dimension to language use, but its long-term impact is negligible. It is not a disaster." - David Crystal

"Perhaps it is the language that chooses the writers it needs, making use of them so that each might express a tiny part of what it is." - Jose Saramago

"I'm trying to use the language of today to express a general existential crisis that I think the world and I are going through." - Sean Lennon

"The Democrats are using the human trafficking bill's language that's been there for 40 years, regarding the use of federal funds for abortion." - Barack Obama

"It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code... obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence." - Robert A Heinlein

"You don't have to be Michelangelo to teach basic art, just as you don't have to be Shakespeare to be able to teach the correct use of language." - Charles De Lint

"It is as if the ordinary language we use every day has a hidden set of signals, a kind of secret code." - William Stafford



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