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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

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

"Math is a language that you use to describe statistics, but really it's about collecting information and putting it in an order that makes sense." - Lauren Stamile

"I don't know what is stronger or what is weaker.The whole language of strength and weaknesses is irrelevant,because when you use arms you do not use ballots, and public opinion is unimportant, and they shoot at their opponents." - Shimon Peres

"Body language is essential for an actress, even if you don't use your body in an athletic way. Just to be free, to use it like your voice. A body can be small and have incredible violence. A body talks." - Anne Parillaud

"Lying is the misuse of language. We know that. We need to remember that it works the other way round too. Even with the best intentions, language misused, language used stupidly, carelessly, brutally, language used wrongly, breeds lies, half-truths, confusion. In that sense you can say that grammar is morality. And it is in that sense that I say a writer's first duty is to use language well." - Ursula K Le Guin

"If you try to solve a hard problem, the question is not whether you will use a powerful enough language, but whether you will (a) use a powerful language, (b) write a de facto interpreter for one, or (c) yourself become a human compiler for one." - Paul Graham

"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

"Language always gives you away." - George Carlin

"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. I've always been maybe an abuser of alliteration, but I've always loved it and I like how those words sound together." - Ben Gibbard

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

"You use everything. You use tragedy you use everything." - Shannon Hoon

"Singing in second language makes you brave in a way you're not aware of. You say things in very blunt ways or direct ways. It sets your mind free because you don't have a history with the language. You have to use the most direct way of communication, which is saying what you want to say in the way you can." - Anna Ternheim

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

"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

"I think you have to be very careful getting the balance right if you're going to talk about grand themes like war, death and nationhood. You need to use the right language or don't do it at all." - PJ Harvey

"It applies even more to politicians because they are living, breathing embodiments of the language that they use. And it's why how you start the conversation, and how you end it, matters so much." - Frank Luntz

"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language." - Clint Smith

"Many nations use language simply to convey information, but it's different in Ireland. With most conversational exchanges you get an 'added extra' like the free little biscuit you sometimes get with a cappuccino in a fancy coffee place." - Marian Keyes

"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

"The angels don't care what words you use. They appreciate the engraved, fancy prayers, but they say, "Just talk to us." You can use ordinary language - the language you use when you talk with your best friend - when you ask for help. If you want to reach out to the angels for something very personal for yourself, you can say, "Dear guardian angels and archangels, I ask that you come to me now and help me resolve this problem or issue." And then you just pour out your heart to the angels. You can do it silently in your mind. You can say it out loud. You can write it." - Doreen Virtue

"How you speak and the words you use tell much about the image you choose to portray. Use language to build and uplift those around you. Profane, vulgar, or crude language and inappropriate or off-color jokes are offensive to the Lord. Never misuse the name of God or Jesus Christ. The Lord said, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain" (Ex. 20:7)." - Thomas S Monson

"You can't write about people out of textbooks, and you can't use jargon. You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a six-year-old child can understand; and yet have the meanings and the overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest intelligence." - Katherine Anne Porter

"Any fifth language that you use should be equally used as just another bit of theater language, so that if you have a strong text, then the light should be as strongly part of that text as, for example, the sound it should be or whatever it is that you see." - Simon Mcburney

"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

"The language that we use now impacts on the ability to vote, it impacts on the marketplace; instead of making things clear, it makes it more confusing. I think we need to stop using neutral language and speak in straighter terms. So when you agree to something, you actually get what you agreed to in the first place." - Josh Homme

"Use memories. Don't let memories use you." - Deepak Chopra

"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

"What are your fees?" inquired Guyal cautiously. "I respond to three questions," stated the augur. "For twenty terces I phrase the answer in clear and actionable language; for ten I use the language of cant, which occasionally admits of ambiguity; for five, I speak a parable which you must interpret as you will; and for one terce, I babble in an unknown tongue." - Jack Vance

"If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind." - Salman Rushdie

"What happens when you speak colloquial Hebrew is you switch between registers all the time. So in a typical sentence, three words are biblical, one word is Russian, and one word is Yiddish. This kind of connection between very high language and very low language is very natural, people use it all the time." - Etgar Keret

"I think language is a system that we have devised to negotiate a series of more amorphous entities. It's a layer you can use to see where those things exist, but if you don't have anyone speaking anymore, those things are still there. The things that language stands for do not require humans, and in fact are often trampled down by humans." - Blake Butler

"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 never paid you a compliment, Rachel, in my life. Successful love may sometimes use the language of flattery, I admit. But hopeless love, dearest, always speaks the truth." - Wilkie Collins

"If you want a language that tries to lock up all the sharp objects and fire-making implements, use Pascal or Ada: the Nerf languages, harmless fun for children of all ages, and they won't mar the furniture." - Scott Fahlman

"I use vulgar language in my writing. Or for people I don't like, but I have never had an outburst of anger and I think that's largely [Mahatma] Gandhi's influence. When you lose your temper, you've lost your cause." - Khushwant Singh

"Israel is the representative of the United States in the Middle East. Its policies are so integrated with American policies that they use the same language. If you read Sharon's statements and George W. Bush's statements, they're virtually identical." - John Pilger

"Language has no independent existence apart from the people who use it. It is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end of understanding who you are and what society is like." - David Crystal

"I've spoken with a few employers who have moved away from what has to be some of the least attractive language you could use about health risk to start talking about wellbeing." - Tom Rath

"Your body language shapes who you are" - Amy Cuddy

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

"You couldn't have human society without language." - John M. Smith

"A language is everything you do." - Margaret Atwood

"You couldn't have human society without language." - John Maynard Smith

"Chimps can do all sorts of things we thought that only we could do - like tool-making and abstraction and generalisation. They can learn a language - sign language - and they can use the signs. But when you think of our intellects, even the brightest chimp looks like a very small child." - Jane Goodall

"America is our continent. You feel in the daily language that Americans use the word "America" to erase the rest of the continent from the map. And, of course, the language is clearly a reflection of the geopolitical reality: the domination of the United States over the rest of the continent." - Alfredo Jaar

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"It's up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code. Most of these jokers don't even want to use language you and I know or can learn . . . they would rather sneer at us and be smug, because we 'fail' to see what they are driving at. If indeed they are driving at anything-obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence." - Robert A Heinlein

"Language comes first. It's not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven't got language, you can't be conscious." - Alan Moore

"You also wonder if a restaurant placed an ad that read, "Only homeless need apply," would they get fined? Probably not. But if they said, "No homeless apply," they would be transient bigots. For as bureaucrats use language to punish the lawful, they use tolerance to coddle the troubled." - Greg Gutfeld

"Words don't tell you what people are thinking. Rarely do we use words to really tell. We use words to sell people or to convince people or to make them admire us. It's all disguise. It's all hidden - a secret language." - Robert Altman

"When I get on the internet and hide behind a false identity, and then allow that hiding to free me from the standards of decency, to begin to use language I would never use in front of my mother, all of a sudden, there's nothing between me and you, but worse than that, there's nothing between me and my worst self." - Joan D. Chittister

"You meditate and then you can put on your pajamas, or you can imagine you're wearing your pajamas, and you talk about your piece of writing in the language you would use if you were wearing your pajamas and you were seated at a table with your very good friend. And you wouldn't have to get all dressed up or clean up the table." - Sandra Cisneros

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

"When you play music, you don't need a language. Music is a language." - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

"If you will scoff at language study how, save in terms of language, will you scoff?" - Mario Pei

"Obviously people's feelings are going to get hurt when you use certain words, but you can't outlaw words. They're really the history of our culture. They tell you what's going on. When you make words politically incorrect you're taking all the poetry out of the language. I'm pro anybody living their lives the way they want to live, sexually and otherwise; and I'm anti any kind of language repression." - David Duchovny

"The funny thing is, nationalism only could have come about in Europe after the invention of printing. You could have this thing that was a book in a vernacular language, and you could imagine there were other readers of this book who you couldn't see, but they were a theoretical union of readers who all use the same language. That is kind of a prerequisite for a national fantasy. You need that thing, and it's a strange thing." - Ben Katchor

"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

"You don't have to know the whole language to use it usefully, you can do baby talk, you can do grown up talk, you can cuss in it, you can write poetry, you can be a playwright, is sort of the idea." - Larry Wall

"A word about 'plain English.' The phrase certainly shouldn't connote drab and dreary language. Actually, plain English is typically quite interesting to read. It's robust and direct-the opposite of gaudy, pretentious language. You achieve plain English when you use the simplest, most straightforward way of expressing an idea. You can still choose interesting words. But you'll avoid fancy ones that have everyday replacements meaning precisely the same thing." - Bryan A. Garner

"Some stories, you use up. Others use you up." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Speak the language of high intelligence, and thus you speak the language of God." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"If you use language that divides people and makes people who agree with you really stoked and people who disagree with you disengaged then you're preaching to a choir, and you've lost any kind of relativity across the spectrum. So it's important to be subtle and understand that there's a lot more you can learn." - Dan Mangan

"There's a whole language to movement and how you embody someone, and how you can use different techniques for different characters. I guess just posture, and the way you walk, and the way you physically are. All of that says a lot about who someone is." - Mia Wasikowska

"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

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

"If you love language, it will love you back." - John Simon

"You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"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

"The whole thing is this: If you don't use just basic grammar, if you don't get the language down, you're not going to have access to a tool that people use as a weapon against you. The only reason I was never taught to read and write was because it was easier for them to lead me. But the second I learned to read and write, I began to lead myself." - Jimmy Santiago Baca

"I write in order to understand the images. Being what my agent . . . somewhat ruefully calls a language playwright, is problematic because in production, you have to make the language lift off the page. But a good actor can turn it into human speech. I err sometimes toward having such a compound of images that if an actor lands heavily on each one, you never pull through to a larger idea. That's a problem for the audience. But I come to playwriting from the visual world - I used to be a painter. I also really love novels and that use of language. But it's tricky to ask that of the theatre." - Ellen Mclaughlin

"I just love any kind of language that can change the energy in a room. There are no limits for me, as long as it feels like it's being used in a particular way to garner or elicit a very particular reaction, so that you can then use that reaction later for something else. But when it's gratuitous language or physical exposure, then I get a bit like, "Oh! Put it away!"" - Phoebe Waller-Bridge

"In the future, we've forgotten it. It's disappointing to find out that the past is the present is the future. Nobody wants that. And yet, that's what it is. Maybe it's a kind of surrealist move, to use language like "post-racial" - thinking that if you create the language for it, it will happen. I wish it worked that way. But that's not our reality." - Claudia Rankine

"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

"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

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



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