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A Quote by Josiah Willard Gibbs on language and mathematics

Mathematics is a language.

Willard Gibbs (1839 - 1903)

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A Quote by Willard Van Orman Quine on certainty, facts, faith, language, temptation, truth, and world

It is obvious that truth in general depends on both language and extra-linguistic fact. The statement 'Brutus killed Caesar' would be false if the world had been different in certain ways, but it would also be false if the word 'killed' happened rather to have the sense of 'begat'. Thus one is tempted to suppose in general that the truth of a statement is somehow analysable into a linguistic component and a factual component. Given this supposition it next seems reasonable that in some statements the factual component should be null; and that these are the analytic statements. But for all its a priori reasonableness, a boundary between the analytic and synthetic statements simply has not been drawn. That there is such a distinction to be drawn at all is an unempirical dogma of empiricists, a metaphysical article of faith.

Willard Van Orman Quine (1908 -)

Source: Two Dogmas of Empiricism by Willard Van Orman Quine

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A Quote by Walter Savage Landor on death, fear, and language

Death stands above me, whispering low I know not what into my ear; Of his strange language all I know Is, there is not a word of fear.

Walter Savage Landor (1775 - 1864)

Source: Epigrams c. Death

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A Quote by W. M. Ramsa on boldness, books, christianity, custom, direction, heart, language, needs, people, religion, speech, thought, and world

It has been too much the custom to regard the earliest Christian books as written in a specially Christian form of speech, standing apart and distinguishable from the common language of the eastern Roman provinces. Had that been the case, it is not too bold to say that the new religion could not have conquered the Empire. It was because Christianity appealed direct to the people, addressed them in their own language, and made itself comprehensible to them on their own plane of thought, that it met the needs and filled the heart of the Roman world.

W. M. Ramsa

Source: The Letters to the Seven Churches

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A Quote by W. D. Whitney on aristocracy, language, and politics

Aristocracy and exclusiveness tend to final overthrow, in language as in politics.

W. D. Whitney

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on grief, language, silence, and tears

Tears are the silent language of grief.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by unknown on heart, language, and love

The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.

unknown

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A Quote by unknown on ideas, language, learning, obstacles, simplicity, teaching, thinking, and understanding

No teaching is done well unless the pupil understands. Simple language is required for comprehension. Cloudy or vague expressions, ideas couched in unfamiliar terms, unclear thinking, are but obstacles in the way of learning.

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Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by unknown on future, language, life, money, problems, schools, present, and wisdom

She taught English in high school when a great deal of emphasis was placed upon the mechanics of the grammar of the language. We remember her best, however, for her keen wisdom in facing life with its problems. She used to say: "A money-lender serves you in the present tense; lends to you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the subjunctive; and ruins you in the future."

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A Quote by unknown on language

Saying nothing often shows a fine command of language.

unknown

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