Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The dress of thought

A different language is a different vision of life. Federico Fellini

Learn a new language and get a new soul. Czech Proverb

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. George Orwell

If a language is corruptible, then a constitution written in that language is corruptible. Robert Brault

The PC [political correctness] movement exists not in order to improve the well-being of those whose oppression it purports to combat. Rather, its purpose is to wrap its proponents in a kind of verbal comfort-blanket. Erik Kowal

Learning preserves the errors of the past, as well as its wisdom. For this reason, dictionaries are public dangers, although they are necessities. Alfred North Whitehead

Every American child should grow up knowing a second language, preferably English. Mignon McLaughlin

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the Devil; for which reason I have, long since, as good as renounced it. Thomas Carlyle

I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my dog.
- Emperor Charles V

Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kunst and Alterthum

Language is the dress of thought. Samuel Johnson

Language is the most imperfect and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought. William James

Rident stolidi verba Latina. (Fools laugh at the Latin language). Ovid

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. John Locke

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

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