I perceived how that it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were plainly laid before their eyes in their mother tongue.— William Tyndale
Risky Mother Tongue quotations
A grandmaster needs to retain thousands of games in his head, for games are to him what the words of their mother tongue are to ordinary people, or notes or scores to musicians.
Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed.
Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.
The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue.
It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.
After studying the Hungarian language for years, I can confidently conclude that had Hungarian been my mother tongue, it would have been more precious. Simply because through this extraordinary, ancient and powerful language it is possible to precisely describe the tiniest differences and the most secretive tremors of emotions.
Rhythm is our universal mother tongue. It's the language of the soul.
For us Indians, I don't think English can ever exude that magic of emotions which our mother tongue can.
Symptoms are the body's mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language.
I am not ashamed to reply to you in my mother tongue, however imperfectly, and am glad to be able to show that my fatherland means more to me than anything else
This universe can very well be expressed in words and syllables which are not those of one's mother tongue.
The fact of simultaneously being Christian and having as my mother tongue Arabic, the holy language of Islam, is one of the basic paradoxes that have shaped my identity.
I learnt to sing in Bengali, my mother tongue, then went on to sing in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati and every possible Indian language.
The rhythm of my body is the same as my mother tongue.
It is in this rhythm where I find sanctity, that I can return to my mother who is everywhere in the universe.
The mother tongue is propaganda.
The greatest propaganda in the world is our mother tongue, that is what we learn as children, and which we learn unconsciously. That shapes our perceptions for life. That is propaganda at its most extreme form.
Silence is become his mother tongue.
What is a nation without a mother tongue?
An art of expression should begin with childhood, and the lucid use of one's mother tongue should be typical of that art. The sense of reality should be strengthened from the beginning, yet by no means at the cost of those lofty illusions we call patriotism, veneration, love.
They call our language the mother tongue because the father seldom gets to speak.
[My mother tongue is] Albanian. But, I am equally fluent in Bengali (language of Calcutta) and English.
See that your children are properly educated in the rudiments of their mother tongue, and then let them proceed to higher branches of learning.
Chess was Capablanca's mother tongue.
I recognize but one mental acquisition as a necessary part of the education of a lady or gentlemen, namely, an accurate and refined use of the mother tongue.
I should as soon think of swimming across Charles River, when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals, when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.
German is my mother tongue and as such more natural to me, but I consider Czech much more affectionate, which is why your letter removes several uncertainties; I see you more clearly, the movements of your body, your hands, so quick, so resolute, it’s almost like a meeting.
If the English educated neglect, as they have done and even now continue, as some do, to be ignorant of their mother tongue, linguistic starvation will abide.
When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep. So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.
I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers, If I belittle dogs and mothers.
Simple English is no one’s mother tongue. It has to be worked for.
We're one race. No matter our religion, beliefs, mother tongue, or skin color.
A poet, qua poet, has only one political duty, namely, in his own writing to set an example of the correct use of his mother tongue, which is always being corrupted. When words lose their meaning, physical force takes over.
Evangelicalism is like my religious mother tongue.
I revert to it whenever I’m angry or excited or surrounded by other people who understand what I’m saying. And it’s the language in which I most often hear God’s voice on the rare occasion that it rises above the noise.
A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in.
Letters to the editors of English and American newspapers often contain expressions of horror about the new terms that creep into the language, and these expressions are usually accompanied by dire predictions about ruination of the mother tongue.