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Quote Left Me, we. (Supposedly the shortest quote in the English language delivered at a Harvard graduation.) Quote Right
Quote Left The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Friendship Quote Right
Quote Left Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Quote Right
Quote Left 'In the bad old days reference to Blacks/women/Jews/others were in negative language which perpetuated poor treatment/ abuse/ exploitation of these people. Animals have suffered more from negative language stereotyping than all the others, and demeans them so constantly that they created an environment that allows all sorts of cruelties, many too horrendous to describe! An animal is 'it' instead of 'he' or 'she', this perpetuates our view of them as 'things' rather than individuals and is a major first step towards cutting them up for meat and leather, testing drugs/cosmetics/ household products on their bodies, and tearing off their coats for furs!!! Those who have pets are referred to as 'owners' rather than guardians/care givers/companions, reinforcing the idea that they are property much as slaves were considered property. Let's avoid these references: Dirty rat; filthy pig; acting like an ass; dirty dog; she's a bitch; ugly duckling; there's more than one way to skin a cat; behaving like an animal; making a monkey out of someone; killing 2 birds with one stone; working like a horse, you're chicken ... There are many more! Please think before uttering them and tell others. Thank you!' Quote Right
Quote Left There sighs, lamentations and loud wailings resounded through the starless air, so that at first it made me weep; strange tongues, horrible language, words of pain, tones of anger, voices loud and hoarse, and with these the sound of hands, made a tumult which is whirling through that air forever dark, and sand eddies in a whirlwind. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left The stage is a concrete physical place which asks to be filled, and to be given its own concrete language to speak. I say that this concrete language, intended for the senses and independent of speech, has first to satisfy the senses, that there is a poetry of the senses as there is a poetry of language, and that this concrete physical language to which I refer is truly theatrical only to the degree that the thoughts it expresses are beyond the reach of the spoken language. These thoughts are what words cannot express and which, far more than words, would find their ideal expression in the concrete physical language of the stage. It consists of everything that occupies the stage, everything that can be manifested and expressed materially on a stage and that is addressed first of all to the senses instead of being addressed primarily to the mind as is the language of words...creating beneath language a subterranean current of impressions, correspondences, and analogies. This poetry of language, poetry in space will be resolved precisely in the domain which does not belong strictly to words...Means of expression utilizable on the stage, such as music, dance, plastic art, pantomime, mimicry, gesticulation, intonation, architecture, lighting, and scenery...The physical possibilities of the stage offers, in order to substitute, for fixed forms of art, living and intimidating forms by which the sense of old ceremonial magic can find a new reality in the theater; to the degree that they yield to what might be called the physical temptation of the stage. Each of these means has its own intrinsic poetry. Quote Right
Quote Left Today we all speak, if not the same tongue, the same universal language. There is no one center, and time has lost its former coherence: East and West, yesterday and tomorrow exist as a confused jumble in each one of us. Different times and different spaces are combined in a here and now that is everywhere at once. Quote Right
Quote Left A riot is the language of the unheard. Quote Right
Quote Left Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language. Quote Right
Quote Left Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals. Quote Right
Quote Left (Poetry) It’s the place in language we are most human and we can see ourselves fully – far more than prose in fiction. A poem is able to hold so much in so little space. It’s a time capsule, a Tardis so much bigger on the inside than it seems on the outside. Quote Right
Quote Left Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel. Quote Right
Quote Left It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs. Quote Right
Quote Left If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Man knows that there are in the soul tints more bewildering, more numberless, and more nameless that the colors of an autumn forest....Yet he seriously believes that these things can every one of them , in all their tones and semi-tones, in all their blends and unions, be accurately represented by an arbitrary system of grunts and squeals. He believes that an ordinary civilized stockbroker can really produce out of his own inside noises which denote all the mysteries of memory and all the agonies of desire. Quote Right
Quote Left English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent? Have you ever seen a horsefull carriage or a strapfull gown? Met a sung hero or experienced requited love? Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable? And where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would actually hurt a fly? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. Quote Right
Quote Left To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry. Quote Right
Quote Left 'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence? Quote Right
Quote Left Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language. Quote Right
Quote Left Silent companions of the lonely hour, Friends, who can never alter or forsake, Who for inconstant roving have no power, And all neglect, perforce, must calmly take,-- Let me return to you; this turmoil ending Which worldly cares have in my spirit wrought, And, o'er your old familiar pages bending, Refresh my mind with many a tranquil thought: Till, haply meeting there, from time to time, Fancies, the audible echo of my own, 'Twill be like hearing in a foreign clime My native language spoke in friendly tone, And with a sort of welcome I shall dwell On these, my unripe musings, told so well. Quote Right
Quote Left Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered. Quote Right
Quote Left Psychobabble is... a set of repetitive verbal formalities that kills off the very spontaneity, candor, and understanding it pretends to promote. It's an idiom that reduces psychological insight to a collection of standardized observations, that provides a frozen lexicon to deal with an infinite variety of problems. Quote Right
Quote Left A tide began to surge beneath the calm surface of Stephen's friendliness. This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am. Try to be one of us, repeated Davin. In your heart you are an Irishman but your pride is too powerful. My ancestors threw off their language and took another, Stephen said. They allowed a handful of foreigners to subject them. Do you fancy that I am going to pay in my own life and person debts they made? What for? For our freedom, said Davin. No honourable and sincere man, said Stephen, has given up to you his life and his youth and his affections from the days of Wolfe Tone to those of Parnell, but you sold him to the enemy or failed him in need or reviled him and left him for another. And you invite me to be one of you. I'd see you damned first. They died for their ideals, Stevie, said Davin. Our day will come yet, believe me. Stephen, following his own thought, was silent for an instant... When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets ... Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow. Quote Right
Quote Left Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. Quote Right
Quote Left There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable. There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly. Quote Right
Quote Left God speaks to me not through the thunder and the earthquake, nor through the ocean and the stars, but through the Son of Man, and speaks in a language adapted to my imperfect sight and hearing. Quote Right
Quote Left The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. Quote Right
Quote Left The thought pattern characteristic of the right brain lends itself to the formation of original ideas, insights, discoveries. We might describe it as the kind of thought prevalent in early childhood, when everything is new and everything has meaning. If you have ever walked along a beach and suddenly stopped to pick up a piece of driftwood because it looked to you like a leaping impala or a troll, you know the feeling of pleasure that comes from the sudden recognition of a form. Your Design mind (right brain) has perceived connections and had made a pattern of meaning. It takes logical, rational acts and facts of the world you know, the snippets of your experience, the bits and pieces of your language capabilities, and perceives connections, patterns, and relationships in them. Quote Right
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Quote Left "Expressing words, since the beginning of time, numerically and characteristically. Finding the language of syllabicated characters, forming the concepts, and for the literature of thought perception and understanding!" - William Darnell Sr Quote Right
Quote Left *PERHAPS OF LIFE* Perhaps the thing is, every negative act has a little beauty to look at. Perhaps you should stop fighting cold by sitting in the snow, try another method of payment to life trading. Perhaps try another one, life maybe tired of reading and maybe interested in hearing. Perhaps you should ask yourself, is there any other person that can savvy the language of pain that runs through me. *Paciolo Pen Saint???* Quote Right
Quote Left Love is not just emotion , it is language of Soul Quote Right
Quote Left A Melody Of Sound, Can be Ouvert To The Expressions Of Other Languages By Letter Or Word. Melody Thus Potentializes Language. Quote Right
Quote Left Languages Provide Word Position, Perception, Interaction Of Place And Time To Augmentation Of Knowledge And Imagination. Quote Right
Quote Left 'I'm not sure'... The three next best words to 'I don't know', in the English language! Quote Right
Quote Left life has become a constant mind fuck. we are all busy learning a low level programming language. Quote Right
Quote Left I want only language to differentiate me from other peoples but habits to separate me. Quote Right
Quote Left "Let's leave the TV shows for the ignorant. There are languages to learn, and stars to identify." Quote Right
Quote Left "Just because you do not understand it, does not mean it's not a beautiful language." Quote Right
Quote Left "I know how to be hip, and how to be hop, but hip hop is a language I don't speak." Quote Right
Quote Left All people smile in the same language. Quote Right
Quote Left "Confined behind iron bars and mortar, lonesome thoughts are understood in every language." Quote Right
Quote Left A swear word to one generation can be highly offensive the same word to the next generation is used so often it becomes common and loses its offensive quality and words offensive to a group by generation stay offensive in general but are not linked direct to that particular group. Language evolves Quote Right
Quote Left "Let the destiny speak your language..." Quote Right
Quote Left MUSIC is the rhythm of the earth, the voice of the heavens, and the universal language of the heart. Quote Right
Quote Left The language and music of poetry should always rise above that of the streets. Quote Right
Quote Left Diversity is not the level of difference,but the unity we embrace as we accept,unify and work together to build an empire from the unique traits that differs from each other. It's not how eloquent I am in my language,its not how enticing my voice Is but how prepared I am to accept you are strong but we are equal in strengths and wen we unite to move forward we are the tomorrow force today. Quote Right
Quote Left The humans were coming together to build a tower so great it could reach the heavens. At this time in the world humans spoke, but one language and therefore could communicate easily and effectively. They were communicating so well god felt threatened by it Quote Right
Quote Left It used to be a man and a woman would meet. If they were single and liked one another then marriage would soon follow. Their whole lives they would spend learning about each other. Now a whole range of questions in the stupidest language are asked: What does he do for money? Does she have baggage? What are their issues? Is she ready for that? What religion is he? Does he hold the door open? Do they know who they really are? No wonder lasting relationships are at an all time low. Quote Right
Quote Left The English language does not exist. Quote Right
Quote Left Poetry is the language of the mind that speaks through a pattern of words. Quote Right
Quote Left Sentiment is NOT a synonym for poetry; though a short piece of writing may tug at the heart, poetry requires figurative language, ambiguity, wordplay or a unique perspective of the very familiar. Quote Right
Quote Left I'm constrained in my thoughts. I'm confined to conventions of mundane language and mental restrictions. Quote Right
Quote Left If only we could understand the language of the eyes, we would have more love in our world. Quote Right
Quote Left AND SOME BELIEVE AND some believe language invented for the sole purpose for nothing more but complaining! :: ~ :: Quote Right
Quote Left "LOVE IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART. WHAT WE GIVE OR DO WITHOUT ANY STRING ATTACHED. LOVE IS BOTH AN ART AND SCIENCE, A PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION OF OUR HUMANITY." Quote Right
Quote Left language is nothing but a tool, of hide your real identity' Quote Right
Quote Left Difficult to understand me the language of computer sometime adamant gets click many times remains adamant. Quote Right
Quote Left Poetry finds balances between both abstract freedom and concrete strictness. By this I mean, poetry displays its unique art by creating a visual work of art within the reader's mind while simultaneously creating music within the same reader via the poem's strict control of language. Quote Right
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