A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on growth, language, literature, and work

DICTIONARY, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This [my] dictionary, however, is a most useful work.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alison Lurie on impossibility, language, lies, silence, and truth

We can lie in the language of dress or try ot tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.

Alison Lurie

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on accidents, character, language, necessity, purpose, reason, relatives, and thought

Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language. It is essentially a written language, and it endeavors to exemplify in its written structures the patterns which it is its purpose to convey. The pattern of the marks on paper is a particular instance of the pattern to be conveyed to thought. The algebraic method is our best approach to the expression of necessity, by reason of its reduction of accident to the ghostlike character of the real variable.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Aleister Crowley on angels, god, language, and magic

There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. The Supreme and Complete Ritual is therefore the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; or, in the language of Mysticism, Union with God.

Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947)

Source: Magick in Theory and Practice, chapter 1 (1929)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on ideas, language, science, and simplicity

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: The Evolution of Physics.

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A Quote by Adrienne Cecile Rich on belief, choice, language, life, respect, soul, and words

I believe that words can help us move or keep us paralysed, and that our choices of language and verbal tone have something - a great deal - to do with how we live our lives and whom we end up speaking with and hearing; and that we can deflect words by trivialization, of course, but also by ritualized respect, or we can let them enter our souls and mix with the juices of our minds.

Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929 -)

Source: (Toward a More Feminist Criticism)

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