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People who work in specialized fields seem to have their own language. Practitioners develop a shorthand to communicate among themselves. The jargon can almost sound like a foreign language.
At present, the most effective way of preventing war would be for statesmen to direct politics so as to support a sound nationalism. This leads to concordance between people of kindred race and languages, whereas the conquest and coercion of people of different race and language inevitably lead to new wars.
A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
Language is a more recent technology. Your body language, your eyes, your energy will come through to your audience before you even start speaking.
Language is a weapon of politicians, but language is a weapon in much of human affairs.
I was reading The Bible a lot through my 20s, mostly the Old Testament, just because I was knocked out by the language and the stories. I felt that the God being talked about there, who was this insane, vindictive patriarch – it was kind of thrilling, and titillated something in me at the time.
I’m left-brained, so I’m all about a mathematical approach to language. I’ve always been interested in that.
I am most familiar with the Gujarati language.
The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.
Music, in its true essence, has got no language. You don’t listen to anybody because he is black or white or because he belongs to a particular geographical region. You listen to him because you like what he does.
I think U.S. and Chinese businesses need a common language and dialogue.
Silence is a universal language. It’s like music or painting.
I know Spanish pretty well. I’m half-Puerto Rican – my mom is from Puerto Rico – so I have a lot of family there, and my mom’s first language is Spanish. But growing up in the States, and with my dad being from the States, I’m kind of just like this white kid.
The world’s most famous and popular language is music.
Bengalis love to celebrate their language, their culture, their politics, their fierce attachment to a city that has been famously dying for more than a century. They resent with equal ferocity the reflex stereotyping that labels any civic dysfunction anywhere in the world ‘another Calcutta.’
Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world.
The language you are about to hear… is disturbing.
It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race.
The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating.
Language is a window into human nature, but it is also a fistula, an open wound through which we’re exposed to an infectious world.
I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
The best translations are always the ones in the language the author can’t read.
It’s very difficult to find even one or two criteria that you will find in every Internet situation, and the reason is that the technology constrains language in individual ways.
I meet people overseas that know five languages – that the only language I’m comfortable in is English.
Talk to people in their own language. If you do it well, they’ll say, ‘God, he said exactly what I was thinking.’ And when they begin to respect you, they’ll follow you to the death.
When I moved to Minnesota, I found there was a thriving and determined movement, a grassroots movement, to revitalize the Ojibwe language. And I’ve never come to be a competent speaker. I have to say that right now. But even learning the amount of Ojibwe that one can at my age is a life-altering experience.
My journalistic mission was straightforward: to await the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nobody knew quite when this would be. But the diplomacy – the meetings in the U.N. security council, the allegations about weapons of mass destruction, the martial language of Tony Blair and George W. Bush – all suggested a war was brewing.
Each language has its own take on the world. That’s why a translation can never be absolutely exact, and therefore, when you enter another language and speak with its speakers, you become a slightly different person; you learn a different sort of world.
If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption.
The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.
I feel that as the world becomes more and more multicultural, it’s a good tool to be able to speak another language.
When it comes to tyrants, dictators and terrorists, strength and the threat of force is the only language they understand.
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.
Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.
What is your identity, and how do you know who you are if you don’t have language?
Poetry, at its best, is the language your soul would speak if you could teach your soul to speak.
When I was a college student and I got interested in linguistics the concern among students was, this is a lot of fun, but after we have done a structural analysis of every language in the world what’s left? It was assumed there were basically no puzzles.
Language and identity are so fundamentally intertwined. You peel back all the layers in terms of what we wear and what we eat and all the things that mark us, and in the end, what we have are our words.
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.
Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.
Poetry and language are often at the heartbeat of movements for change.
I know Sanskrit, which has similarities with Tamil, so it helps me understand the language.
Language is the most extraordinary invention in the history of humanity, the one which came before everything and which makes it possible to share everything.
Tap dancing is like… it’s equivalent to music, not only for the African American community, but also for the world. Tap dancing is like language; it’s like air: it’s like everything else that we need in order to survive. I’m blessed and honored to be knowledgeable of the art form and to be a part of the art form.
Big stuff and little: learning how to order breakfast in a country where I don’t speak the language and haven‘t been before – that’s really satisfying to me. I like that.
The case for exploiting animals for food, clothing and entertainment often relies on our superior intelligence, language and self-awareness: the rights of the superior being trump those of the inferior.
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
Animals praise a good day, a good hunt. They praise rain if they’re thirsty. That’s prayer. They don’t live an unconscious life, they simply have no language to talk about these things. But they are grateful for the good things that come along.
Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.
Our approach was very simple. It was about creating a universal language. A show that will be attractive toward every people coming from all over the world. And that was a big thing.
Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.
You learned the concept ‘pain’ when you learned language.
I look at a film as just a film; language doesn’t really matter. I just don’t want to limit myself to a particular language, genre or medium.
I like watching films that have very impelling content, great persuasive language.
Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations.
Music goes further than any border, any language.
I believe in a visual language that should be as strong as the written word.
The more people that learn sign language, the better. This is part of my life, but it’s not part of everybody‘s life, so it’s nice to expose this to the world.
A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings and speak its own language.
If the offers are good, I am open to do movies in any language.
Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
There are two major masterpieces that really brought the language of dreams or nightmares to the screen. The initial one is Dali and Bunuel’s ‘Un Chien Andalou,’ and then later, David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead.’
Most patients enter a doctor‘s office or hospital as if it were a Mayan temple, representing an ancient and mysterious culture with no language in common with the visitor.
Instrumental music can spread the international language.
To have another language is to possess a second soul.
Body language and tone of voice – not words – are our most powerful assessment tools.
I will meet my countrymen. I understand only one language: that they are my countrymen, they are my brothers. You may see with whatever colour you want; Modi will not go into that colour.
Each of you possesses the most powerful, dangerous and subversive trait that natural selection has ever devised. It’s a piece of neural audio technology for rewiring other people’s minds. I’m talking about your language.
My mother introduced to me as a child the world of language: the way in which translation can be a system by which you can understand others.
Trinidad’s language is a fusion of English, African, and French, and so we have our own words and even our own dictionary. Steupse is a common local word, and it’s the onomatopoeic word for the sound people make to show disapproval, or to show they are vexed, when they suck their teeth together.
I don’t separate architecture, design, or culture. What’s more important is a language of creativity that carries meaning.
I come from a place where everything about me, even my body language, is saying: I mean you no harm. I smile, I laugh. Basic stuff for most people.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics are mass satanic rituals disguised as a celebration of Britain and sport. Their medium is the language of symbolism.
Our English language really says if you’re not a theist, the only alternative is to be an atheist. What I’m trying to do is develop a language that will enable us to talk about God beyond the, what I think, are sterile categories of theism and atheism.
What makes us human, I think, is an ability to ask questions, a consequence of our sophisticated spoken language.
The art of communication is the language of leadership.
One of the first major programming projects that I worked on when I was growing up in Ireland, back just coding by myself, was a programming language. Then I spent a bunch of time working on a new web framer. Just back-end things to make it easier to go in and build things on top of, do other development.
A playlist can be very versatile, almost like a programming language.
I don’t want to limit myself to a genre, language or a particular industry. I will do anything interesting that comes to me.
It was a big deal to leave home and my culture and my language. But I believed that in America, I could truly reap what I sowed and that the measure of a man was his ability and determination to succeed. This was the land of boundless opportunity.
Part of being out there, campaigning, talking to people, is being able to read body language.
The last thing an Englishman wants to hear is a man from Brussels trying to imitate his language – you want to hear a different point of view. You may not be able to understand the details, but you can understand the feeling.
My professional and human obsession is the nature of language, and my best relationships are with other writers. In many ways, I know George Eliot better than I know my husband.
One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word ‘I.’
I use the language I use to my friends. They wouldn’t believe me if I used some high-flown literary language. I want them to believe me.
Intimidation is an unusual animal: it’s a lot about body language and understanding the human psyche. Knowing that usually a direct stare will crush most human souls, and that’s just the basic gist of it… The soul-crushing stare, the fatherly disappointment, mixed with a little bit of hate and rage – you’re on your way.
Football fans share a universal language that cuts across many cultures and many personality types. A serious football fan is never alone. We are legion, and football is often the only thing we have in common.
If language did not affect behavior, it could have no meaning.
French is a foreign language, but I’ve been speaking it since I was 18 so it’s second nature to me.
Actually, my correspondent‘s language is better than mine. He can put his sentiment into words.
Language is the house of the truth of Being.
I dislike Allegory – the conscious and intentional allegory – yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
I learnt to sing in Bengali, my mother tongue, then went on to sing in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati and every possible Indian language.
What is Americanization? It manifests itself, in a superficial way, when the immigrant adopts the clothes, the manners and the customs generally prevailing here. Far more important is the manifestation presented when he substitutes for his mother tongue the English language as the common medium of speech.
The eyes have one language everywhere.
It’s ridiculous how the United States practically every week sanctions Cuba and then uses manipulative language to say this is ‘helping‘ the Cuban people.
Some advice: keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams. That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy. And also, learn the math. Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language.
Reading or written language is a cultural invention that necessitated totally new connections among structures in the human brain underlying language, perception, cognition, and, over time, our emotions.
The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.
I have never sat down and studied the Bible, never consciously echoed its language, and am, in reality, as ignorant of it as most brought-up Christians. All of the Bible that I use in my work is remembered from childhood and is the common property of all who were brought up in English-speaking communities.
Politicians are very experienced – maybe too experienced – at using body language to signal power and competence. But what these politicians are much more likely to struggle with, or just neglect to do altogether, is communicate warmth and trustworthiness.
Of course, there are those critics – New York critics as a rule – who say, ‘Well, Maya Angelou has a new book out and of course it’s good but then she’s a natural writer.’ Those are the ones I want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language.
Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language.
I was born and raised in China, Mandarin is my first language, and I definitely know America. I think that will be my strength, to try and bring the two worlds together.
In all its myriad manifestations, the language of anti-Semitism through the ages is a dictionary of non-sequiturs and antonyms, a thesaurus of illogic and inconsistency.
To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.
I don’t know if English is the only language where some expressions only and solely mean the opposite of what they say but we do have an awful lot of them.
Poetry is not the language we live in. It’s not the language of our day-to-day errand-running and obligation-fulfilling, not the language with which we are asked to justify ourselves to the outside world. It certainly isn’t the language to which commercial value has been assigned.
It is really hard to completely re-learn how to express yourself without using words. When you take away speech, you have to re-invent the way you express yourself. You have to exaggerate your body language and your facial expressions.
I am intrigued with the shapes people choose as their symbols to create a language. There is within all forms a basic structure, an indication of the entire object with a minimum of lines that becomes a symbol. This is common to all languages, all people, all times.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
The human face is the organic seat of beauty. It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul.
People often cover their mouths when lying. A hand on the mouth or even a touch of the lips shows you that they are lying because this unconscious body language represents a closing off of communication.
A gloss is a total system of perception and language.
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
The future author is one who discovers that language, the exploration and manipulation of the resources of language, will serve him in winning through to his way.
I mean, drag is a universal language.
There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.
We are a unique ape. We have language. Other animals have systems of communication that fall far short of that. They don’t have the same ability to communicate complicated conditionals and what-ifs and talk about things that are not present.
Yankees don’t understand that the Southern way of talking is a language of nuance. What we can do in the South is we can take a word and change it just a little bit and make it mean something altogether different.
I just want the actors to put their faith in the language. Just let the words do the work.
The word ‘right’ should be excluded from political language, as the word ’cause’ from the language of philosophy.
I was born and brought up in London, so I couldn’t speak Hindi properly. But as I am socialising more with my Hindi speaking friends, I’m getting better at the language.
There’s a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody.
If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you’ll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
Every individual’s listening is as unique as his or her fingerprints because we all listen through filters that develop from our personal mix of culture, language, values, beliefs, attitudes, expectations and intentions. That is why one person’s musical taste is another person’s hideous noise.
Music is the language of the heart, and conservatives always screw it up.
Shakespeare language is fantastic, and to be honest, you don’t need to do anything to Shakespeare.
Each language is a different lens from through which you view the world. So, learn as much as you can!
I am glad that Zimbabwe and China speak the same language on many issues. We share the same conviction that only a fair, just, and non-prescriptive world order, based on the principles of the charter of the United Nations, can deliver the development we all need.
Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else I can think of.
That means that every human being – without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin – possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.
Besides Hindi and English, I can speak in Maithli, my native language, and in Bangla and Nepalese too. But I can just about make a smattering at Marathi.
It’s like learning a language; you can’t speak a language fluently until you find out who you are in that language, and that has as much to do with your body as it does with vocabulary and grammar.
You can have your own language. You can have your own dialect; you can have your own way of saying things, but if you don’t actually understand the way the language fits together, it’s chaos.
You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more valuable: kinship. You stand with the belligerent, the surly and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear.
I believe it is incredibly important for women and people of color to become the builders and creators in technology. In order to do so, we need to know how to code or, at least, know the language of coding – what I like to call ‘code speak.’
I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
The one thing about internet language, people join it, and what quickly evolves is an ‘internet dialect,’ as it were.
Music is very subjective. You may or may not like a song, but folk and regional language have a connectivity that binds different people together, who slowly begin to relate to it.
There was a whole language that I could never make function for myself in relationship to painting and that was attitudes like tortured, struggle, pain.
Hip-hop saved me. It gave me permission to use language in a certain way. It validated my community and my friends. It gave our slang a certain elegance.
Do you know what would hold me together on a battlefield? The sense that I was perpetuating the language in which Keats and the rest of them wrote!
Art is a unifying language for all of us from across the world, and it transcends boundaries.
Our culture, language, history, and values are vital to uniting us as a nation.
What we need in medical schools is not to teach empathy, as much as to preserve it – the process of learning huge volumes of information about disease, of learning a specialized language, can ironically make one lose sight of the patient one came to serve; empathy can be replaced by cynicism.
Painting is a language of its own. You cannot interpret one form of expression with another form of expression.
The Internet is not just one thing, it’s a collection of things – of numerous communications networks that all speak the same digital language.
Any time there is a film in a ‘foreign language,’ in Spanish or Korean or whatever language, it’s usually not an American film. It’s usually from another country.
As a musician, language is almost like another instrument. Every word has a sound.
I like having a paperback original. And until literature catches up with the culture – the violence, language, syntax, compression, concision, complexity and diversity that the Internet offers – books still make sense.
The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax, are fascinating: how important connotation is, what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.
The cinematic language and interior destiny of each Iranian film-maker is different. The international influences on them vary from Rossellini to Fellini, Akira Kurosawa to Hou Hsiao-hsien, but there is a strong sense of solidarity.
I’ve had Republicans come to me and say, ‘Tell me how I should talk to young people!’ as if it’s some foreign language or something.
I really like acting in French. It’s actually quite different for me, from acting in English. It’s fun acting in a foreign language. You’re liberated or freed from preconceptions.
Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language.
Dealing with a newborn baby, a new language and new people can’t be easy on anyone.
Poetry seems to be the only weapon able to beat language, using language’s own means.
Poems are a form of music, and language just happens to be our instrument – language and breath.
Some of my writing is very subconscious, and that’s definitely what happened with ‘Body Language’ – I looped some basic bossa nova sounds and just started singing.
True terror is a language and a vision. There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts, and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways that writers used to aspire to.
Films, fiction, can encompass a whole global vision on a particular subject with any story, whatever it is. You can play the story in whatever country with whatever language in whatever style you want to tell the story in.
When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
I work with language. I love the flowers of afterthought.
The art of motion pictures is pictorial and language comes a distant second.
The laity ought to understand the faith, and since the doctrines of our faith are in the Scriptures, believers should have the Scriptures in a language familiar to the people, and to this end the Holy Ghost endued them with knowledge of all tongues.
Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification.
Because I think it’s so easy to look at someone, regardless of where they grew up, where they came from, the language that they speak, to just look at the colour of their skin and all of a sudden reduce them to harmful stereotypes.
Good, well-defined, well-honed art is not a foreign language. You can sell it to people. You just have to move your ego out of the way, clear out the unfinished fantasies you have about being an artist yourself, and just sell it.
Neither of my parents had English as a first language.
Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.
The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience – anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form.
If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work.
Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.
I’m not a religious person. The language of photography is symbolic.
There was an exhibition in Munich in 1937, ‘Degenerate Art,’ which included work by Klee, Kandinsky, Beckmann and many others. The work was called ‘sick‘ and put in the trash heap. The sentiments expressed toward contemporary art by Jesse Helms, Pat Robertson and Mayor Giuliani recall the language used by the Nazis.
I miss aspects of being in the Arab world – the language – and there is a tranquility in these cities with great rivers. Whether it’s Cairo or Baghdad, you sit there and you think, ‘This river has flown here for thousands of years.’ There are magical moments in these places.
For me, actors have to have a character, an aura, body language. They’re not models. They used to call actors models. But I want them to participate in the film.
Even in the deepest love relationship – when lovers say ‘I love you’ to each other – we don’t really know what we’re saying, because language isn’t equal to the complexity of human emotions.
Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
Though music transcends language, culture and time, and though notes are the same, Indian music is unique because it is evolved, sophisticated and melodies are defined.
Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece – just different elements of belonging and not-belonging.
Dutch is our first language. When you talk to older people, you speak Dutch. It’s more respectful. The local language, you talk with your friends. You don’t talk to your parents like that with the local slang.
To me, music is entertainment – what else can it be? In fact, it’s the only language I know of that’s universal.
Poems have a different music from ordinary language, and every poem has a different kind of music of necessity, and that’s, in a way, the hardest thing about writing poetry is waiting for that music, and sometimes you never know if it’s going to come.
I would say that jazz is my own language.
The more determinedly I exist, as myself, within the conditions of the time, the more clearly I shall hear the language of the past, the nearer I shall feel the glow of its life.
You know, I think there are certain words like ‘illegitimate‘ that should not be used to describe a person. And certainly, we have come far enough in our technology that our language can evolve, because it has an impact.
The Divinity could be invoked as well in the English language as in the French.
The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.
Bunny boiler is now part of our language, and I’m proud of that.
I think I make better use of language and imagery than when I started out.
I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time.
My father taught me things about body language that psychologists have been catching up with ever since. He always knew when I was lying, because my posture was all wrong.
Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.
My philosophy is to do the best you can for somebody. Help. It’s not just what do you for yourself. It’s how you treat people decently. The golden rule. There isn’t big anything better than the golden rule. It’s in every major religion in one language or another.
The language of clothing is high symbolism and we all, in moments where we need to know this, realize it.
With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will.
Look at anyone’s bookcase at home, no matter how modest, and you’re going to find a book that contains wisdom or ideas or a language that’s at least a thousand years old. And the idea that humans have created a mechanism to time travel, to hurl ideas into the future, it sort of bookends. Books are a time machine.
The language that photography has is a formal language. Any photographer is doing something formal. If it’s formal, then it must be an aesthetic way to communicate.
Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.
I taught principally German language and literature at Eton. But any master with private pupils must be prepared to teach anything they ask for. That can be as diverse as the early paintings of Salvador Dali or how bumblebees manage to fly.
I have my own style and my own body language.
The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
And I have to work so hard at talking positively to myself. If I don’t, it’s just real hard to get through the day, and I’ll get really down, and just want to cry. My whole body language changes. I get more slumped over.
The most beautiful words in the English language are ‘not guilty‘.
The real being of language is that into which we are taken up when we hear it – what is said.
Legislative language is governed by a law of etymology that is also the ancient code of the bureaucracy: It doesn’t have to be right, it just has to be close enough for government work. If they understand what you mean, it doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it.
I consider social skills a bit like learning a language. I’ve been practising it for so long over so many years I’ve almost lost my accent.
Of course language manifests a belief only if we use its words with the implied acceptance of their appositeness.
As Bromberger observed, rules are understood to be elements of the computational systems that determine the sound and meaning of the infinite array of expressions of a language; the information so derived is accessed by other systems in language use.
Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.
Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.
The poet, being an imitator like a painter or any other artist, must of necessity imitate one of three objects – things as they were or are, things as they are said or thought to be, or things as they ought to be. The vehicle of expression is language – either current terms or, it may be, rare words or metaphors.
I’ll move back to Wales if and when I have children. I want them to speak the language I speak, but I love living in London. It’s my favourite city in the whole world. I love it because it’s not England, it’s London.
I write in the most classical French because this form is necessary for my novels: to translate the murky, floating, unsettling atmosphere I wanted them to have, I had to discipline it into the clearest, most traditional language possible.
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing.
Music has no language. That’s something I’ve come to believe in even more ever since ‘Kolaveri Di’ happened. I don’t deliberately make separate Tamil, Hindi, or Telugu tracks.
Somebody said to me that I speak English almost like somebody for whom English is not their first language.
This might disappoint you somewhat, but I have to say my interest in Tolkien has faded dramatically over the years. His language skills are amazing, his story good and fascinating, but… he has a very Judeo-Christian perspective, and his use of mythical creatures is very… ignorant.
I don’t think people are going to talk in the future. They’re going to communicate through eye contact, body language, emojis, signs.
I am not going to be a mouthpiece for language that I detest.
Language is the dress of thought.
Whenever one reads of the determination of the species, or opens a book on natural science and history, in whatever language, one inevitably comes across the name of Linne.
Killing animals and eating meat have been significant components of human evolution that had a synergistic relationship with other key attributes that have made us human, with larger brains, smaller guts, bipedalism, and language.
There is always that age-old thing about England and America being divided by a common language. You think that because we speak English and you speak English that you’re bound to understand and like everything that we do. And of course you don’t.
Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second, and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.
Race is more like a language than it is like the way in which we are biologically constituted.
Fashion is a language, for sure, and it is a reflection of society.
It’s my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
I like to jot down ideas on the back of envelopes and to recognise the potential value in small things. I also like the freedom to think without feeling compelled to write too early. Stories are often better if we can hold back and get to know the characters and the sounds of language.
I think cinema has this beautiful component. It’s a universal language.
All human language draws its nature and value from the fact that it both comes from the Word of God and is chosen by God to manifest himself. But this relationship is secret and incomprehensible, beyond the bounds of reason and analysis.
I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare.
To hear someone talk about their life – you get to know the way their eyes moisten up, how big the smile is or how comfortable their body language is while talking to someone.
English language is the most universal language in history, way more than the Latin of Julius Caesar. It’s the most punderful language because its vocabulary has a certain critical mass that makes a lingo good for punning.
I’ve studied Spanish, but I need to improve. I’ll probably improve when I work in the country one day. For most people, when they travel to a country, their language becomes better.
My first language is Gaelic.
In every language you can imagine, I’ve had people say ‘Appetite For Destruction’ is the soundtrack to their lives. I don’t think you could say something nicer to an entertainer or performer – can’t get more respectful.
Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.
The Urdu or Hindustani language we use isn’t popular in theatre these days. It was a language that was being used in cinema from the 1950s until the ’80s. It is a very communicative language.
If the word ‘No’ was removed from the English language, Ian Paisley would be speechless.
I was thrown into a position where I had to learn a new language, become professional and not be just that child anymore coming into a team. I was able to learn from players that were so experienced at such a high level. You can’t get that anywhere else. Nothing against college, but you can’t get that in college.
The language of the Constitution‘s guarantee of equal protection of the laws did not change between 1896 and 1954, and it would be very hard to say that the obvious facts on which ‘Plessy’ was based had changed.
We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.
The English Bible – a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a metaphor, not just for books but for ideas, for language, for knowledge, for beauty, for all the things that make us human, for collecting memory.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
The word ‘midget’ is a slur. It evolved from P. T. Barnum’s era of circuses and freak shows. Society has evolved. So should our vocabulary. Language is a powerful tool. It does not just name our society. It shapes it.
I don’t want to be embarrassed when I go to see something on the screen. I don’t want to listen to foul language, watch a lot of violence or see something immoral. I prefer stories with sensitivity and family values; films that strive to lift you up to a higher place in life.
Human language is lit with animal life: we play cats-cradle or have hare-brained ideas; we speak of badgering, or outfoxing someone; to squirrel something away and to ferret it out.
I change the language with which I use my voice. In opera, I know I have an orchestra behind me; I have to communicate to people very far from me.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
I love Korean food, and it’s kind of like home to me. The area that I grew up in outside Chicago, Glenview, is heavily Korean. A lot of my friends growing up were Korean and when I would eat dinner at their houses, their parents wouldn’t tell me the names of the dishes because I would butcher the language.
Well it was not exactly a dissertation in logic, at least not the kind of logic you would find in Whitehead and Russell‘s Principia Mathematica for instance. It looked more like mathematics; no formalized language was used.
Two of the hardest words in the language to rhyme are life and love. Of all words!
But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man. Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be transcendental language in the most extravagant sense.
Icons speak icon language.
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
I’d like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.
Architecture, like dance, is also a language – one that everybody understands.
To be successful in my native France, where people speak the same language and understand me, is nothing.
The English language is nobody‘s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man.
The way I make art – the way a lot of people make art – is as an extension of language and communication, where references are incredibly important.
Visual storytelling utilizes both language and art to pass on the essence of who we are.
I believe that laughter is a language of God and that we can all live happily ever laughter.
Hominid and human evolution took place over millions and not billions of years, but with the emergence of language there was a further acceleration of time and the rate of change.
Tears are the noble language of the eye.
I think English is a fantastic, rich and musical language, but of course your mother tongue is the most important for an actor.
As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody’s individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us.
It’s an important social duty to spread the word of English to people whose livelihoods depend on knowing the language.
I’m always interested in how people use language to not say what they mean.
Not only the entire ability to think rests on language… but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.
I am proud to be the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world with a different language and culture and immerse themselves fearlessly to start a better life for themselves and their families.
Denmark is like a secret little place with its own special language.
All language is a popularity contest.
The death of a language. The word has the same kind of reluctant resonance as it has when we talk about the death of a person. And indeed, that’s how it should be. For that’s how it is. A language dies only when the last person who speaks it dies.
It is a most disgraceful shame the way in which Irishmen are brought up. They are ashamed of their language, institutions, and of everything Irish.
Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world.
Lots of people speak Afrikaans. It’s not a statement; it’s just a language that we use to communicate. It has its own flavour; it’s got its own slang. People laugh. People like it. They like us being open.
Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects?
Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.
Linguistics will have to recognise laws operating universally in language, and in a strictly rational manner, separating general phenomena from those restricted to one branch of languages or another.
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.
Epic started out with scripting languages in the first generation of the Unreal engine in 1998. I wrote that. There’s a place in my heart that comes along with the simplicity of programming in a scripting language.
After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country.
We inhabit a language rather than a country.
Anyone interested in language ends up writing about the sociological issues around it.
I haven’t had any formal education. Through the grace of god, I am gifted in mathematics and the English language.
Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
Hope is the most important four-letter word in the language.
The scripting language in Bitcoin is important because it is what makes Bitcoin ‘programmable money’. Within each Bitcoin transaction is the ability to write a little program.
Everywhere I have gone in the world, even though we don’t speak the same language, food is the same language.
Any friendship or relationship is about a language.
The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.
First of all, there was a volcano of words, an eruption of words that Shakespeare had never used before that had never been used in the English language before. It’s astonishing. It pours out of him.
Dance is a universal language, and whether you know how to dance or grew up training in dance, you have a respect for people who love to dance, and it’s also visually very entertaining to watch a great dancer.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Remember – the universal language is not texted, emailed, or spoken. It is felt.
I’m open to reading almost anything – fiction, nonfiction – as long as I know from the first sentence or two that this is a voice I want to listen to for a good long while. It has much to do with imagery and language, a particular perspective, the assured knowledge of the particular universe the writer has created.
Every language has its own music.
No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn’t understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
Harmony is an obscure and difficult musical science, but most difficult to those who are not acquainted with the Greek language; because it is necessary to use many Greek words to which there are none corresponding in Latin.
The deaf community relies so much on eye contact, expression and body language. It’s such a huge part of who we are.
Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.
As an attorney, I could be rather flamboyant in court. I did not act as though I were a black man in a white man’s court, but as if everyone else – white and black – was a guest in my court. When trying a case, I often made sweeping gestures and used high-flown language.
Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.
Every culture has contributed to maths just as it has contributed to literature. It’s a universal language; numbers belong to everyone.
Speech happens to not be his language.
Love can be understood only ‘from the inside,’ as a language can be understood only by someone who speaks it, as a world can be understood only by someone who lives in it.
Poetry is interesting because not everyone is going to become a great poet, but anyone can be, and anyone can enjoy poetry, and it’s this openness, this accessibility of poetry that makes it the language of people.
Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ‘revolutionary‘ but not transformative.
Poetry taught me a great deal about language and images, but when it came to plotting, I was stumped. It’s been very much a learn-by-doing thing for me.
Sloppy language leads to sloppy thought, and sloppy thought to sloppy legislation.
Music is a simulation of something, but language is the greatest thing we possess.
The beauty of music is that it is a universal language. I truly believe it knows no boundaries of any kind.
There are millions of people living Thoreau’s life of quiet desperation, and they do not have the language to escape from that desperation.
Do you know why language manifests itself the way it does in my work? It’s because I understand short attention spans.
Comedy is just an unspoken language. Everybody understands it. Funny is funny. When it’s not funny, they’ll let you know.
Language is much closer to film than painting is.
Study a foreign language if you have opportunity to do so. You may never be called to a land where that language is spoken, but the study will have given you a better understanding of your own tongue or of another tongue you may be asked to acquire.
What I take from writers I like is their economy – the ability to use language to very effective ends.
The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life.
The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.
When you begin to write poems because you love language, because you love poetry. Something happens that makes you write poems. And the writing of poems is incredibly pleasurable and addictive.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
I am thankful that Brooklyn, a community of more than 2.6 million people of which nearly half speak a language other than English at home, stands as a shining example of how immigration and diversity have made us a safer and stronger place to live, work, and experience the American dream.
Being involved in sports and having a very sport orientated family just helped the transition extremely well. I guess, in a way, your school colleagues saw you out and about, and you were part of the team you were getting into the Australian way, learning the language. The transition was extremely smooth.
English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.
The language of film is further and further away from the language of theater and is closer to music. It’s abstract but still narrative.
The language has changed. When I grew up and watched the campaigns of John Kennedy, even with Richard Nixon, there was a lot higher level of civility. Now we describe a disagreement as an attack.
Honestly if I had the time, I would love to learn every language in the world. I love connecting to people. If I can’t do it through language, I will try to do it through my music.
The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
You should take notes whenever you hear interesting or original language.
When we developed written language, we significantly increased our functional memory and our ability to share insights and knowledge across time and space. The same thing happened with the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the radio.
All I’m asking for is the law that’s been on the books for the last 33 years, no public funding for abortion. We are both saying the same thing, pro-life, pro-choice. Let’s find the language that works for both of us so we can pass health care.
I’m working on artificial intelligence. Actually, natural language understanding, which is to get computers to understand the meaning of documents.
Text messaging is just the most recent focus of people’s anxiety; what people are really worried about is a new generation gaining control of what they see as their language.
Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words, which are manipulated to create surprising illusions.
We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation.
He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
Semantics, or the study of meaning, remained undeveloped, while phonetics made rapid progress and even came to occupy the central place in the scientific study of language.
Human language is the new UI layer, bots are like new applications, and digital assistants are meta apps. Intelligence is infused into all of your interactions.
While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.
Students often have such a lofty idea of what a poem is, and I want them to realize that their own lives are where the poetry comes from. The most important things are to respect the language; to know the classical rules, even if only to break them; and to be prepared to edit, to revise, to shape.
A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
A child raised on a desert island, alone, without social interaction, without language, and thus lacking empathy, is still a sentient being.
I never felt any attraction towards violence. I never tried to express myself through violence. Violence is a language.
Likewise, there is no evidence that texting teaches people to spell badly: rather, research shows that those kids who text frequently are more likely to be the most literate and the best spellers, because you have to know how to manipulate language.
Language itself changes slowly, but the Internet has speeded up the process of those changes so you notice them more quickly.
Twittering and blogging and all that is fine, but there is no idea of how to phrase something beautifully; how to use language to create an emotion. It’s just passing information and sometimes very superficial information.
The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.
The real art is not to come up with extraordinary clever words but to make ordinary simple words do extraordinary things. To use the language that we all use and to make amazing things occur.
Actors always start with the voice and language. That’s wrong. They should start with the body. The body is an actor’s most important resource.
I have always believed that cinema has no language and ‘Dead End‘ has proved it so.
Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.
When everyone at school is speaking one language, and a lot of your classmates‘ parents also speak it, and you go home and see that your community is different -there is a sense of shame attached to that. It really takes growing up to treasure the specialness of being different.
Two races share today the soil of Canada. These people had not always been friends. But I hasten to say it. There is no longer any family here but the human family. It matters not the language people speak, or the altars at which they kneel.
I want to go to a country where I don’t speak the language. I want to be lost in translation.
Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the letters in which it is composed.
Chess demolishes differences. It’s a language of different generations.
Hitting someone with a shoe is in principle anti-Dalit. If you investigate stories about hitting someone with a shoe, you will find that this sort of language was used only by those who were upper-caste.
I was on ‘SVU’ for 11 years. I developed a muscle in my brain that could memorize things much more easily than people who don’t do it every day. I got used to the language, and some of it got to be repetitive language, so you build your vocabulary.
When the heart speaks, its language is the same under all latitudes.
True creativity often starts where language ends.
I’ve always loved rhyming. I love language.
Just learning to think in another language allows you to see your own culture in a better viewpoint.
Software is the language of automation.
Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.
Shakespeare’s taught me that there are more words in the English language than I have got in my head.
From journalism I learned to write under pressure, to work with deadlines, to have limited space and time, to conduct and interview, to find information, to research, and above all, to use language as efficiently as possible and to remember always that there is a reader out there.
When I took part in European leaders summits, it was sometimes unpleasant for me to hear Romanian, Polish, Portuguese, and Italian friends speak English, although I admit that on an informal basis, first contacts can be made in this language. Nevertheless, I will defend everywhere the use of the French language.
In the Hebrew language, there’s no such word as coincidence.
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
We loved the language in Cormac McCarthy‘s ‘No Country,’ which is really about the region, while in ‘True Grit‘ it’s more about period: people did speak more formally and floridly.
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Part of what confuses people in times of upheaval is that you’re getting so many different points of view and directions and so and so, how to do this and do that. And a lot of it is written in a language that honestly most people cannot understand.
We need a president who’s fluent in at least one language.
A language presupposes that all the individual users possess the organs.
On the other hand, in a society whose communication component is becoming more prominent day by day, both as a reality and as an issue, it is clear that language assumes a new importance.
Language comes first. It’s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious.
People call him a terrorist, but you can use language to do many things and say many things about people, but John Brown was a hero.
Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.
Arabs respect only the language of force.
The German language speaks Being, while all the others merely speak of Being.
Dance music is no longer a simple Donna Summer beat. It’s become a whole language that I find fascinating and exciting. Eventually, it will lose the dance tag and join the fore of rock.
There is sometimes a feeling in crime fiction that good writing gets in the way of story. I have never felt that way. All you have is language. Why write beneath yourself? It’s an act of respect for the reader as much as yourself.
The translator‘s task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That’s hard!
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.
See it all. See it fairly. Be truthful, be sensible and be careful with language. When nothing depends on man, everything depends on him.
Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
Basketball, in America, is like a culture. It is like a foreigner learning a new language. It is difficult to learn foreign languages and it will also be difficult for me to learn the culture for basketball here.
As a child, it was really hard because I’d be thrown into a new school and have to make new friends, or I’d sit in class for months without speaking the language, but as I got older, I welcomed the possibility of discovering new cultures and languages.
Apparently Arnold was inspired by President Bush, who proved you can be a successful politician in this country even if English is your second language.
In grade school I was taught that the United States is a melting pot. People from all over the world come here for freedom and to pursue a better life. They arrive with next to nothing, work incredibly hard, learn a new language and new customs, and in a generation they become an integral part of our amazing nation.
For most women, the language of conversation is primarily a language of rapport: a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationships.
I know now that gang warfare is not the Middle East or Northern Ireland. There is violence in gang violence, but there is no conflict. It is not ‘about something.’ It is the language of the despondent and traumatized.
Half of us are partly German! Half our language and culture, generally, in Anglo-Saxon terms, is German.
Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence.
I’m a big believer in change and embrace the fact that English is probably the fastest-moving language in the world.