Language Quote: A different language is a different vision of life - Federico Fellini

50 of the Best Quotes to Learn a Foreign Language

Over half of the people in the EU can speak at least two languages with 38% being able to speak English as their second language, but not so in the UK and Ireland; there, 60% of the Brits and Irish are not able to converse in any other language than English.

Americans are even worse, only one-quarter being able to hold a conversation with somebody who doesn’t speak English.

Language is the blood of the soul
into which thoughts run
and out of which they grow.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

(1809 – 1894, American physician, poet, and polymath)

Language Quote: The limits of my language mean the limits of my world - Ludwig Wittgenstein

To handle a language skilfully
is to practice
a kind of evocative sorcery.

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 – 1867, French poet who also produced notable work
as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator)

The spirit of a language
is most clearly expressed
in its untranslatable words.

Baroness Marie ‘Freifrau’ von Ebner-Eschenbach

(1830 – 1916, Austrian writer;
noted for her excellent psychological novels)

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

William Butler Yeats

(1865 – 1939, Irish poet)

The word “good” has many meanings.
For example, if a man
were to shoot his grandmother
at a range of five hundred yards,
I should call him a good shot,
but not necessarily a good man.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
better known as G. K. Chesterton

(1874 – 1936, English writer, poet, philosopher,
dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian,
biographer, and literary and art critic)

Language is wine upon the lips.
Virginia Woolf

(1882 – 1941, English writer and one of the
foremost modernists of the twentieth century)

The limits of my language
mean the limits of my world.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

(1889 – 1951, Austrian-British philosopher
who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics,
the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of lexis)

Who wants to have an effect on others,
must first speak in their language with them.

Kurt Tucholsky

(1890 – 1935, German-Jewish journalist, satirist and writer)

Languages are not strangers to one another.
Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin

(1892 – 1940, German Jewish philosopher,
cultural critic and essayist)

But if thought corrupts language,
language can also corrupt thought.

Eric Arthur Blair,
better known by his pen name George Orwell

(1903 – 1950, English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic.
His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice,
opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism)

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