In language gender is particularly confusing. Why, please, should a table be male in German, female in French, and castrated in English?— Marlene Dietrich
Unpopular German Language quotations
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.
Life is too short to learn German
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.
German poetry is going in a very different direction from French poetry.
... Its language has become more sober, more factual. It distrusts "beauty." It tries to be truthful.
The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary
The language of friendship is not words, but meanings.
Never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German.
I tried to learn the languages - Italian, Spanish, and German - not to successfully. Working on a European set isn't a hell of a lot different from working on an American set.
I don't believe there is anything in the whole earth that you can't learn in Berlin except the German language.
Love will find its way through all languages on its own.
whenever the literary german dives into a sentence, this is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his atlantic with his verb in his mouth.
How charmed I am when I overhear a German word which I understand!
In early times some sufferer had to sit up with a toothache, and he put in the time inventing the German language.
Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.
Our everyday language has become encumbered, Germanic, artificial, bureaucratic, inorganic. It may not be exaggerated to say that by now American writers face but two alternatives: write English, or write gobbledygook.
Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language, it is totally impossible to make a living. In no group do I see as much misery, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German.
The narrow slit through which the scientist, if he wants to be successful, must view nature constructs, if this goes on for a long time, his entire character; and, more often than not, he ends up becoming what the German language so appropriately calls a Fachidiot (professional idiot).
The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.
It is easier for a cannibal to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through the eye of a rich man's needle that it is for any other foreigner to read the terrible German script.
I had the luck that my parents educated me in three languages.
With my mother I spoke Dutch, with my father Italian, and in the school I learned German. But my host language is Italian.
Words were written out for me phonetically.
I learned to quack in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and German.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
I don't speak German well but several experts have assured me that I write it like an angel. Maybe so, maybe so- I don't know. I've not yet made any acquaintances among the angels. That comes later, whenever it please the Deity. I'm not in any hurry.
I can understand German as well as the maniac that invented it, but I talk it best through an interpreter.
I would not rob you of your food or your clothes or your umbrella, but if I caught your German out I would take it. But I don't study any more,- I have given it up.
Music is the universal language of mankind.
It's awful undermining to the intellect, German is;
you want to take it in small doses, or first you know your brains all run together, and you feel them flapping around in your head same as so much drawn butter.
...the circumstances and the atmosphere always have so much to do in directing a conversation, especially a German conversation, which is only a kind of an insurrection, anyway.
A dream...I was trying to explain to St. Peter, and was doing it in the German tongue, because I didn't want to be too explicit.
In your silence, when there are no words, no language, nobody else is present, you are getting in tune with existence.
...mastery of the art and spirit of the Germanic language enables a man to travel all day in one sentence without changing cars.
So far no one had had enough courage and intelligence to reveal me to my dear Germans. My problems are new, my psychological horizon frighteningly comprehensive, my language bold and clear; there may well be no books written in German which are richer in ideas and more independent than mine.
There are German songs which can make a stranger to the language cry.
We all smile in the same language.
The German language is the organ among the languages.
A gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years.
I have eighteen titles in the German language. I had a number one song in 1965.
A different language is a different vision of life.
An exciting and yet highly lucid account of the formation and significance of Karl Kraus's modernist journalism, an activity that Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem regarded as the most Jewish writing in the German language. The Anti-Journalist is the best book I have seen on this engaging topic.
The Germans and I no longer speak the same language.
Anyone that was raised with a Germanic language will agree that our tone is strong, especially once translated into English.
We Americans, or half of Americans, think health care is a commodity.
Other countries view health care as a social service that should be collectively financed and available to everyone on equal terms. My wife and I just interviewed the German minister of health, and it was an exhilarating experience, because it was a totally different language. It was obviously important that everyone should have the same deal in health care.
I speak English, obviously, Afrikaans, which is a derivative of Dutch that we have in South Africa. And then I speak African languages. So I speak Zulu. I speak Xhosa. I speak Tswana. And I speak Tsonga. And like - so those are my languages of the core. And then I don't claim German, but I can have a conversation in it. So I'm trying to make that officially my seventh language. And then, hopefully, I can learn Spanish.