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The Lighter Side of Languages

A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.

A language is a dialect that has an army and a navy.
--Max Weinreich

A poem is a form of refrigeration that stops language from going bad.
--Peter Porter

After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
--Russell Hoban

America is the only country left where we teach languages so that no pupil can speak them.
--John Erskine

American is a very difficult language mixed with English.

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
--Robert Benchley

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language.
--Gail Godwin

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
--George Bernard Shaw

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
--Benjamin Franklin

I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.
--Edward Appleton

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

I wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone is using theirs?
--Sydney Pfizer

If the English language made any sense, LACKADAISICAL would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.
--Doug Larson

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
--Mark Twain

In order to be a diplomat one must speak a number of languages, including double

LANGUAGE, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure.
--Ambrose Bierce

That woman speaks eighteen languages and can't say No in any of them.
--Dorothy Parker

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in one language is priceless.

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
--Benjamin Franklin

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
--Ronald Reagan

There are German songs which can make a stranger to the language cry.
--Mark Twain

They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
--William Shakespeare

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
--Oscar Wilde

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language.
--Buck Henry

We're having trouble with our language when it costs $2000 a foot and we call it a freeway.
--Blackie Sherrod


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