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Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
--Gustave Flaubert

Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.
--Claude Levi

Language is a form of organized stutter.
--Marshall McLuhan

Language is a living, kicking, growing, flitting, evolving reality, and the teacher should spontaneously reflect its vibrant and protean qualities.
--John A. Rassias

Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
--Ludwig Wittgenstein

Language is a virus from outer space.
--William S. Burroughs

Language is an archeological vehicle. . . the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history.
--Russell Hoban

Language is fossil poetry.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is half-art, half-instinct.
--Charles Darwin

Language is magic; it makes things appear and disappear.
--Nicole Brossard

Language is not neutral. It is not merely a vehicle which carries ideas. It is itself a shaper of ideas.
--Dale Spender

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
--Humphrey Davy

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
--Samuel Johnson

Language is the Rubicon that divides man from beast.
--Max Muller

Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved.
--Richard C. Trench

Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.
--George W. Crane

Language is the archives of history.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Language is the armory of the human mind; and at once contains the trophies of its past, and the weapons of its future conquests.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
--Oliver Wendell Holmes

Language is the dress of thought.
--Samuel Johnson

Language is the inventory of human experience.
--L. W. Lockhart

Language is the mother of thought, not it handmaiden.
--Karl Kraus

Language is the picture and counterpart of thought.
--Mark Hopkins

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
--Rita Mae Brown

Language is wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts, but more often, to replace thinking.
--Kelly Fordyce


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