Since every school in India teaches English, why can't it be our link language? Why do Tamils have to study English for communication with the world and Hindi for communications within India? Do we need a big door for the big dog and a small door for the small dog? I say, let the small dog use the big door too!— C. N. Annadurai
Tempting English Language quotations
The basis of any independent government is a national language, and we can no longer continue aping our former colonizers ... those who feel they cannot do without English can as well pack up and go.
There can be no divided allegiance here.
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Many people do not know that Jesus did not speak Latin or English or Hebrew;
he spoke Aramaic. But nobody knows that language. So we're talking about the Bible itself being a translation of a translation of a translation. And, in reality, it has affected people's lives in history.
I can fluently speak five languages: English, emoji, sexting, sarcasm and sass.
In language gender is particularly confusing.
Why, please, should a table be male in German, female in French, and castrated in English?
I was wondering why I was put in prison for working in an African language when I had not been put in prison for working in English. So really, in prison I started thinking more seriously about the relation between language and power.
We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.
FEAR is an acronym in the English language for 'False Evidence Appearing Real'.
Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?
Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes;
and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
The English language is nobody's special property.
It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
My favorite three words in the English language are: ’I don’t know’, because every time I say them, I learn something new.
The four most important words in the English language are, "What do you think?" Listen to your people and learn.
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.
The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'.
We have room but for one Language here and that is the English Language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans of American nationality and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house.
In # France we have a saying, 'Joie de Vivre,' which actually doesn't exist in the English language. It means looking at your life as something that is to be taken with great pleasure and enjoy it.
You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.
Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.
Assange is not a 'journalist' any more than the 'editor' of al-Qaeda's new English-language magazine 'Inspire' is a 'journalist.' He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.
English language is the most universal language in history, way more than the Latin of Julius Caesar. Its the most punderful language because its vocabulary has a certain critical mass that makes a lingo good for punning.
I have never been particularly good with languages.
Despite a dozen years of Hebrew school and a lifetime of praying in the language, I'm ashamed to admit that I still can't read an Israeli newspaper. Besides English, the only language I speak with any degree of fluency is Spanish.
If English is spoken in heaven. God undoubtedly employs Cranmer as his speechwriter. The angels of the lesser ministries probably use the language of the New English Bible and the Alternative Service Book for internal memos.
Where shall we look for standard English, but to the words of a standard man?
I must confess the language of symbols is to me A Babylonish dialect Which learned chemists much affect; It is a party-coloured dress Of patch'd and piebald languages: 'T is English cut on Greek and Latin, Like fustian heretofore on satin.
I thought English is a strange language.
Now I think French is even more strange. In France, their fish is poisson, their bread is pain, and their pancake is crepe. Pain and poison and crap. That's what they have every day.
More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language than any other single factor.
The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.
'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.
Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?
Language forces us to perceive the world as man presents it to us.
Please stop using the word "Negro."... We are the only human beings in the world with fifty-seven variety of complexions who are classed together as a single racial unit. Therefore, we are really truly colored people, and that is the only name in the English language which accurately describes us.