Language--The Ultimate Quotation Collection

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Language—The Ultimate Quotation Collection


21 Page Essay—How to Effectively Use Quotations in Your Classroom ©

143 Page Quotation Collection on Language

This 143 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Language. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Language, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.

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Sample Quotes on Language:

Perhaps of all the creations of man language is the most astonishing.

--Lytton Strachey

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.

--Carl Sandburg

Language is the most defining feature of human intelligence.

--William Calvin

The test of your command of language is whether you can describe a spiral staircase or a bathing beauty without using your hands.


‘A picture is worth ten thousand words,’ goes the time worn Chinese maxim. But one writer tartly said, ‘It takes words to say that.’

--Leo Rosten

They sing. They hurt. They teach. They sanctify. They were man’s first, immeasurable feat of magic. They liberated us from ignorance and our barbarous past, for without these marvelous scribbles which build letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into systems and sciences and creeds, man would be forever confined to the self-isolated prison of the scuttle fish or the chimpanzee.

--Leo Rosten

The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.

--Ludwig Wittgenstein

I used to think my vocabulary was good. But then I got a thesaurus…Now I think my vocabulary is exemplary.

—Matt Maran

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Destroy language and, with it, all things and concepts. The rest is silence.

--Master Ekkehart

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and the lightening bug.

--Mark Twain

If you scoff at language, save in terms of language, will you scoff?

--Mario Pei

Language is the dress of thought.

--Samuel Johnson

Can we talk about the word ‘queue’? How many of those letter are really necessary? I count one.


We tend to believe, incorrectly, that dictionaries dictate language usage rather than reflect it.

--Jen Doll

Words should be an intense pleasure just as leather should be to a shoemaker.

--Evelyn Waugh

Shakespeare teaches us that the music of language matters. What you have to say is important, but if you want it to have impact, how you say it makes all the difference. There are only three original plots in all of Shakespeare’s plays, but his distillation of human experience into lyrical verse and prose is why his work endures. ‘The play’s the thing,’ but it’s crafted from the ‘words, words, words.’

--Christopher Moore

In my youth there were words you couldn’t say in front of a girl; now you can’t say ‘girl.’

—Tom Lehrer

Thanks to the teachers who instilled in me such a love of English that I’m perpetually mortified when reading the Internet.

An Englishman’s way of speaking absolutely classifies him.

—Alan Jay Lerner

Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.

—Kingman Brewster, Jr.

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