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Happy Other

Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Shekhar's comedies. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin! These artists are so blessed: they can make other people happy.

- A. R. Rahman

Nature Other

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.

- A. S. Byatt

Differences Tell

All the different nations in the world, despite their differences of appearance and religion and language and way of life, still have one thing in common, and that is what's inside of all of us. If we X-rayed the insides of different human beings, we wouldn't be able to tell from those X-rays what the person's language or background or race is.

- Abbas Kiarostami

Simple Own

Though I have seldom done anything to my own satisfaction, I am better satisfied with the translation of the New Testament than I ever expected to be. The language is, I believe, simple, plain, intelligible; and I have endeavored, I hope successfully, to make every sentence a faithful representation of the original.

- Adoniram Judson

See Criticizing

If it's taught well, art really is important to kids early on. It helps children develop language and allows them to see themselves in a way that isn't right or wrong, because if they draw an animal with five legs instead of four, nobody's criticizing them for it.

- Agnes Gund

Got Terribly

Something I miss terribly from the '60s - the most important phrase in the English language was, 'I got hung up.' Somebody says they got hung up, it's unassailable, you know? You don't go near that. Whoa! I know what that can be like.

- Alan Arkin

Young University

When I was a young person I went to the university and I learned a rational language, to think with the left side of the brain. But in the right side of the brain you have intuition and imagination. Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words.

- Alejandro Jodorowsky

Dreaming Obsessed

You have to be open to dreaming. It's a complicated language, but I'm obsessed with it.

- Alessandro Michele

Church Appears

Much of my experience with language was formed in the church, which has an oral tradition. There are lots of repetitions in prayers and song refrains. There's a sense of incantation, that if you call not once and not twice but for a third time, the spirit appears.

- Alice McDermott

Evil Part

Language is an intrinsic part of who we are and what has, for good or evil, happened to us.

- Alice Walker

Religious About

Mythology and history are my passion. I grew up in a religious family and learnt about our scriptures and philosophies. It's the language I'm comfortable with.

- Amish Tripathi

Love Through

I would love to do a period piece - in the 18th or 17th century. To me, it would be such an incredible challenge because of the way people carried themselves. There are so many incredible stories within those centuries - just the language and the way they carried themselves and what they were going through.

- Amy Smart

Anymore About

It's easier for me to act in Spanish, but as soon as I get the lines in English and I know them by heart, it becomes really easy. You don't have to worry about the language anymore. It just takes more time. In Spanish, I can learn lines in 10 minutes. In English, it's going to take an hour.

- Ana de la Reguera

Young Biographies

There was a time when Stefan Zweig was the most widely read author in the world. He was lionized everywhere, translated into every language. For the first four decades of the 20th century, his novellas and biographies were devoured by rich and poor, young and old, well read or less so.

- Andre Aciman

Own United

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but by their own choice, Puerto Rico is not a state. The relationship has worked well for Puerto Rico - which has strengthened its culture, language and economy - and for the United States, which has helped create in Puerto Rico a showcase of democracy and prosperity for all of Latin America.

- Anibal Acevedo Vila

Truth Accuracy

Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth.

- Anna Jameson

Another Reader

Certain things can't be approximated, so I'm always interested in getting in another way, one which makes the reader bend in closer to the scene even if that scene, especially if that scene, is painful... Brutal language isn't necessarily the most truthful way of describing a brutal moment.

- Anne Michaels

Life Shy

I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.

- Anne Stevenson

Thought Forming

While I thought myself employed only in forming a nomenclature, and while I proposed to myself nothing more than to improve the chemical language, my work transformed itself by degrees, without my being able to prevent it, into a treatise upon the Elements of Chemistry.

- Antoine Lavoisier

Own Had

I didn't really know how to make a film when I made 'Control'. I had to create my own language, just as I did when I started taking photographs. I never studied either one.

- Anton Corbijn

Still Communicate

It doesn't matter if you can't speak the same language. If you have pictures, or better still, if you can draw things, then you can communicate anything to anyone.

- Antony Gormley

Bus Moved

I was 13 when my parents moved to Israel, and I was put in a Scottish mission school. Ninety-nine percent of the children were Israeli... Suddenly, I found myself speaking the wrong language, dressed in the wrong clothes, picked up by the wrong mode of transportation - an embassy car instead of a bus.

- Arlie Russell Hochschild

Speak Understand

While I can't speak Telugu, I do understand the language.

- Armaan Malik

Book Been

The technology that threatens to kill off books as we know them - the 'physical book,' a new phrase in our language - is also making the physical book capable of being more beautiful than books have been since the middle ages.

- Art Spiegelman

Hours Streets

I lived in Paris for two years with my family. I would roam the streets of Paris during the day for a few hours in the subway, on the streets, and I listened to the French language, and I got a sense of the rhythm and the melody of the language.

- Asghar Farhadi

Black Players

In the end, the great leveler in any sport is performance on the field or on the court. Kids don't care what language players speak or if they eat tacos, rice, or sauerkraut. They don't care if they're white, black, or brown.

- Cheech Marin


I believe that the development of language - of naming, categorization, conceptualization - destroys our ability to see as we age.

- Chris Ware

Humanism Soil

For humanism also appeals to man as man. It seeks to liberate the universal qualities of human nature from the narrow limitations of blood and soil and class and to create a common language and a common culture in which men can realize their common humanity.

- Christopher Dawson

Men Life Is A

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.

- Christopher Morley

I Remember Code

If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information. Language or writing is a code.

- Clifford Geertz

Film Then

As long as somebody finances you, can make a film and get it seen any place and in any language; then, hopefully, it's a success.

- Clint Eastwood

About Apply

I don't really know what an adverb is. A dangling participle? That sounds really rude. I don't know what character is, really. Plot seems vaguely juvenile to me. It's all about language, it's all about how you apply it to the page.

- Colum McCann

Lifetime Infinite

There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.

- Conrad Hall

Very Clash

When I was younger, I was able to write with music playing in the background, but these days, I can't. I find it distracting. Even when the music is just instrumental or has lyrics in a language I don't understand, the clash between the voices in my head and the song can be very disorienting.

- Daniel Alarcon

Country Things

I come from not just a household but a country where the finesse of language, well-balanced sentence, structure, syntax, these things are driven into us, and my parents, bless them, are great custodians of the English language.

- Daniel Day-Lewis

Learn Very

There are very few places in the world where you have to learn a language with no language in common. It's called a monolingual field situation.

- Daniel Everett

Book Cut

When you start writing a picture book, you have to write a manuscript that has enough language to prompt the illustrator to get his or her gears running, but then you end up having to cut it out because you don't want any of the language to be redundant to the pictures that are being drawn.

- Daniel Handler

Disturbing About

The language you are about to hear... is disturbing.

- Dave Chappelle

Usage Proper

My suggestion is that at each state the proper order of operation of the mind requires an overall grasp of what is generally known, not only in formal logical, mathematical terms, but also intuitively, in images, feelings, poetic usage of language, etc.

- David Bohm

Worlds Lets

Bilingualism lets you have your cake and eat it. The new language opens the doors to the best jobs in society; the old language allows you to keep your sense of 'who you are.' It preserves your identity. With two languages, you have the best of both worlds.

- David Crystal

Love Smiles

Smiles are the language of love.

- David Hare

Great Come

What's great is that because math is such a universal language, really, our fans come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and genders and races and backgrounds and cultures.

- David Krumholtz

Idea Through

I like the idea of the audience absorbing the language and getting to understand it as they journey through the film. It starts off being more obscure, but you get used to it. A 'Clockwork Orange' thing. I read 'Clockwork Orange' without any vocabulary, and I got to understand the words as I went through it. I like that process. It immerses you.

- David MacKenzie

Russian Reporter

I'm interested in Russian language, culture, history... and I lived there, for four years, as a reporter for the Washington Post and have visited many times since.

- David Remnick

Some Had

Mama had her little cough. Once or twice, some quiet sobbing, out of sight... Or the slamming of kitchen cupboard doors. That was her language.

- David Small

Generation Warhol

Appropriation was the language of my generation in many ways. It came out of Duchamp, Warhol, Johns, Lichtenstein.

- Deborah Kass

Gender More

One of the first studies in the field of gender and language, by Don H. Zimmerman and Candace West in 1975, found that in casual conversations between women and men, women were interrupted far more often.

- Deborah Tannen

Germany Very

Germany has great skill levels, great infrastructure, high-quality plant. If you go to the U.K., we're very creative, and we've got the language, but energy costs are pretty much the most expensive in the Western world; pensions are pretty expensive, and the skills are significantly below those in Germany and the U.S.

- Jim Ratcliffe

Use Frank

When I started formulating the first Frank comic, I knew I wanted it to be something that was beyond time and specific place. I felt that having the characters speak would tie it to 20th-century America, because that would be the idiom of the language they would use, the language I use.

- Jim Woodring

Away Express

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.

- Jodelle Ferland

Will Poe

The themes Poe used were universal and timeless. As long as the English language exists at all, we will be able to appreciate what he did. It will not age! It will not become dated!

- John Astin

Published Lives

Between 1910 and 1950 approximately 350 lives of Jesus were published in the English language alone.

- John Clayton

Thought Surface

Language is froth on the surface of thought.

- John McCarthy

Country Behind

Rap and spoken word have reawakened the country to poetry in itself. Texting and Twitter encourage creative uses of casual language, in ways I have celebrated widely. But we've fallen behind on savoring the formal layer of our language.

- John McWhorter

Friendly Around

As languages go, English is pretty user friendly. If you look at a tiny language spoken somewhere that most of us have never heard of, chances are it's going to be so complicated that you have a hard time imagining how people can walk around speaking it without having a stroke.

- John McWhorter

Standard Some

Black English is simpler than standard English in some ways; for example, it often gets by with just 'be' and drops 'am,' 'is,' and 'are.' That's because black English arose when adult African slaves learned the language.

- John McWhorter

Believe I Think

The God of the Hebrews is a God that human language, we're not even supposed to speak the holy name. We were told in the Second Commandment we could make no images of this God, and I don't think that means just building idols, I think that means also trying to believe you've captured God in your words, in the Creeds, in the Scriptures.

- John Shelby Spong

Symbols Beyond

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.

- John Wesley Powell

Complexity Guy

The ultimate storyteller is Shakespeare, who was able to get the 'groundlings' to laugh at his bawdy humor and storylines but could still be studied by scholars to this day for the complexity of his language, meter, and symbolism. That's the real guy.

- Jon Favreau

Liberty Preserves

While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.

- Jose Rizal

Would Which

A writer is defined by the language in which he writes, and I would stick to that definition.

- Joseph Brodsky

One Thing About

A writer should care about one thing - the language. To write well - that is his duty. That is his only duty.

- Joseph Brodsky

Writer Belongs

One belongs to one's language as a writer.

- Joseph Brodsky

I Think Use

The language that we use now impacts on the ability to vote, it impacts on the marketplace; instead of making things clear, it makes it more confusing. I think we need to stop using neutral language and speak in straighter terms. So when you agree to something, you actually get what you agreed to in the first place.

- Josh Homme

Why Express

Music is such an incredible tool for kids in general. They learn discipline; they learn how to express themselves. You learn math. You learn language. It's the ideal teaching tool, and that's why it's mind-boggling when any school superintendent decides that music is something we can kind of do without.

- Joshua Bell

Through Manner

Metaphors, similes, puns - all manner of metonymy - I'm interested in language that cannot be parsed by a machine - language that can only be understood through acculturation.

- Joshua Cohen

Idea Classify

Without computers, in the 17th century, we could classify the entire animal kingdom... there was this idea of the speciation, right? And now, all a search engine is is essentially the mathematical speciation of ideas - and these things really derive from the way that language is used and the way words relate.

- Joshua Cohen

Nothing Say

Many writers today are wanderers. There is not only an unhousedness in language - how to convey, to say nothing of converge - but an unhousedness of place.

- Joy Williams

Bit Your

I'm not called Jude Law, I have three names; I'm called 'Hunk Jude Law' or 'Heartthrob Jude Law'. In England anyway, that's my full name. That's the cheap language that's thrown around, that sums you up in one little bracket. It doesn't look at your life. But if one looks beyond, there is actually a little bit more.

- Jude Law

Education Foreign

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.

- Judith Martin


So women are at the beginning of building a language, and not all women are conscious of it.

- Judy Chicago

Rude Polite

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.

- Aubrey Beardsley

Every Day Some

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.

- B. D. Wong

More Like

Machine translation of signs, text, and speech brings down language barriers and facilitates ever more cross-cultural meetings of like minds.

- Balaji Srinivasan

Comedy Use

Now the point of comedy is not just looking funny, it's use of language. We have at our disposal a great language... and the imaginative, creative use of that language can be at the service of humour.

- Barry Humphries

Abortion Against

We believe the Senate language provides for federal subsidies for abortions. Plus there's a language in there where you have to pay one dollar per month, every enrollee, to pay for a fund for reproductive rights which include abortion. And that's totally against federal law. So we are saying take that out.

- Bart Stupak

Which Heavy

Because of my language and the pantomime with which most Europeans accompany their speech, I was catalogued as a heavy.

- Bela Lugosi

Father Latina

My father is Cuban. Spanish was my first language, but I don't speak it that much anymore because I had dyslexia, and in school they work with you only in English. But I'm proud to be Latina, and most people don't know I am.

- Bella Thorne

Decide Own

If you decide to design your own language, there are thousands of sort of amateur language designer pitfalls.

- Guido van Rossum

Fiction Becomes

Fiction becomes a place where I face certain fears such as losing language or losing my children.

- Ben Marcus

Politics Finality

Finality is not the language of politics.

- Benjamin Disraeli


Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.

- Benjamin Whorf

Political Out

If you track something like a political campaign and parcel out what's being communicated in a literal and narrative sense, and what's being communicated by means of emotional and symbolic language, you might find that it's the latter elements that absolutely dominate and move people. It makes me want to take that language and expose it.

- Bennett Miller

Anybody Our

I don't think anybody in my family meant there to be any pressure for me to write. But our parents were incredibly verbal and wrote for a living. The house was full of books, and we all grew up steeped in language. I mean, our mother recited poetry at the dinner table.

- Hallie Ephron

Work Seemed

It seemed to me that the real philosophical breakthroughs of the 20th century were in terms of the understanding of language. What is language? Where does it come from, how does it work, what does it do?

- Hanif Kureishi

Pride Speaking

There is a pride in speaking this language.

- Bernard Pivot

Calm Makes

French is a language that makes those who speak it both calm and dynamic.

- Bernard Pivot

Taken Which

The real being of language is that into which we are taken up when we hear it - what is said.

- Hans-Georg Gadamer

Works Cited

In 1989, I was awarded the Von Neumann Prize in Operations Research Theory by the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Sciences. They cited my works in the areas of portfolio theory, sparse matrix techniques and the SIMSCRIPT programming language.

- Harry Markowitz

Through Had

I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really - perhaps because I'm good at languages - of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language.

- Harry Mathews

Music Everybody

Music is a great energizer. It's a language everybody knows.

- Bill Hicks

Always Influenced

I was always influenced by language.

- Helen Dunmore

Friendship Words

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

- Henry David Thoreau

First French

French was my first language.

- Bob Cousy

Why Feels

Too much comedy is filthy these days. There's nothing they won't say. I like Jimmy Carr, but I don't like the language he uses. I don't understand why he feels it necessary; I find it extremely offensive.

- Bobby Davro

Python Named

My favorite language for maintainability is Python. It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation, good library support, and optional named parameters.

- Bram Cohen

More Trivia

Every language teaches you something, so learning a language is never wasted, especially if it's different in more than just syntactic trivia.

- Brian Kernighan

Nonprofit Part

Music is a language and different people who come along are each using that language to do something different, but all coming at it in a similar vein inasmuch as it's always community based and for the most part nonprofit. Most bands don't ever come within a mile of profit - clearly these people are not playing music to make money.

- Ian MacKaye

Own Sense

When people speak their own language you get a much better sense of who they are.

- Bruno Tonioli

Love Makes

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.

- C. K. Williams