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Quotes of the Day for 20 April 2004 – Language

I personally enjoyed selecting the quotes on Words yesterday. As none of you complained about it, I decided to extend the theme and use quotes on Language today.

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The quotes:

We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
     - Benjamin Lee Whorf, 1897 - 1941

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.
     - Carl Sandburg, 1878 - 1967

We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or explore. All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.
     - Ellen Gilcrist

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
     - J. Michael Straczynski

Language is by its very nature a communal thing; that is, it expresses never the exact thing but a compromise - that which is common to you, me and everybody.
     - Thomas Ernest Hulme, 1883 - 1917

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
     - Jane Wagner


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