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Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.
– Roland Barthes
Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.
– Roland Barthes
Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground.
– Noah Webster
Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
– Samuel Johnson
Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law. Because, in other words, the powerful don't play; they mean to keep that power, and those who are the powerless (you and me) better shape up --mimic/ape/suck --in the very image of the powerful, or the powerful will destroy you --you and our children.
– June Jordan
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 mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
– Karl Kraus
Language is the picture and counterpart of thought.
– Mark Hopkins, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.
– Charles Scribner, Jr.
Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee.
– Ben Jonson
Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
– George Orwell
Language study is a route to maturity. Indeed, in language study as in life, if a person is the same today as he was yesterday, it would be an act of mercy to pronounce him dead and to place him in a coffin, rather than in a classroom.
– John A. Rassias
Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilized people is poetical.
– Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay
Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.
– John Ruskin
Large-scale problems do not require large-scale solutions; they require small-scale solutions within a large-scale framework.
– David Fleming
Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate. (Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here)
– Alighieri Dante
Last Monday a string of amendments were presented to the lower House these altogether respect personal liberty...
– Senator William Grayson
Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.
– Tommy Cooper
Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.
– Steven Wright
Last night somebody broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates... When I pointed it out to my roommate, he said, 'Do I know you'
– Steven Wright
Last night's homer was Willie Stargell's 399th career home run, leaving him one shy of 500.
– Jerry Coleman
Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.
– W. C. Fields
Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.
– Steven Wright

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