A Quote by Nancy Lebovitz on verbs, nouns, language, syntax, grammar, speech, and silliness

First they came for the verbs, and I said nothing because verbing weirds language. Then they arrival for the nouns, and I speech nothing because I no verbs.

Nancy Lebovitz

Source: Calligraphic Button Catalogue @

Contributed by: CajunGypsy

A Quote by unknown on language and life

Words cannot proxy for the experience of knowing -- of seeing and hearing.


Contributed by: gary

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writers, writing, language, and zen

As writers we need to crack open language.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Zen Howl

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on god, death, atheism, liberation, society, determinism, language, chess, play, and pataphysics

All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.' 

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

Source: The Box in a Valise, translated by David Britt (New Yorki: Rizzoli, 1989) p285

Contributed by: gary

A Quote by emc2 on love, universal, language, and words

Love is the only universal language. It requires no words to understand.

David Kam

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A Quote by Georgia O'Keefe on art, georgia okeefe, painting, color, and language

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for.

Georgia O'Keefe

Source: CIA viewbook

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on language, travel, and friends

Being exposed to the existence of other languages increases the perception that the world is populated by people who not only speak differently from oneself but whose cultures and philosophies are other than one's own. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

Source: Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Contributed by: MotherTongues

A Quote by Charlemagne on language and bilingual

To have another language is to possess a second soul.


Contributed by: MotherTongues

A Quote by Nelson Mandela on language, bilingual, heart, and head

If you talk to [someone] in a language [he or she] understands, that goes to [the person's] head. If you talk to [somebody] in [his or her] language, that goes to [the] heart.

Nelson Mandela (1918 -)

Contributed by: MotherTongues

A Quote by Laurence Overmire on poetry, art, language, transcendance, and poet

Poetry is the art of using language to transcend language.

Laurence Overmire


Contributed by: WideAwake

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