Language

Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.

The greater part of mankind are more sensitive to contemptuous language, than to unjust acts; they can less easily bear insult than wrong.

Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.

When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.

Language is fossil poetry.

Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds; our language, our science, our religion, our opinions, our fancies we inherited.

Though the origin of most of our words is forgotten, each word was a first a stroke of genius, and obtained currency because for the moment it symbolized the world to the first speaker and to the hearer. The etymologist finds the deadest word to have been once a brilliant picture. Language is fossil poetry.

The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language.

Silence is a perennial flow of language, interrupted by words. It is like electricity. When there is resistance to its passage, it glows as a lamp or revolves as a fan. But in the wire it remains as pure energy. In the same way, silence is the eternal flow of language.

Tears are the noble language of the eye.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: `I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past, and the weapons of its future conquests.

The Bible contains more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, more pure morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence, than can be collected from all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written.

Words! The Way is beyond language for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today.

Inner Vision does not communicate to us in the words and concepts of man but through the language of the heart.

Tears are the silent language of grief.

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.

In a Nutshell: Six Ways to Make People Like You – Principle 1: Become genuinely interested in other people. Principle 2: Smile. Principle 3: Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. Principle 4: Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. Principle 5: Talk in terms of the other person’s interests. Principle 6: Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

I have no patience with the stupidity of the average teacher of grammar who wastes precious years in hammering rules into children's heads. For it is not by learning rules that we acquire the powers of speaking a language, but by daily intercourse with those accustomed to express themselves with exactness and refinement and by copious reading of the best authors.