English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.
– David Crystal –
If when we are taught English we are just taught the rules of grammar, it would take all our love of our language away from us. What makes us love a subject like English is when we learn all these fantastic stories. Feeding the imagination is what makes a subject come alive.
– Daniel Tammet –
When I’m working, I’m so narrowly focused on sound, language, rhythm, flow, that I rarely feel the emotion of the text. It’s only after – long after – I’ve finished a piece that I can experience in any way its emotional charge.
– Taiye Selasi –
The attitude of independence toward a constructed language which all national speakers must adopt is really a great advantage, because it tends to make man see himself as the master of language instead of its obedient servant.
– Edward Sapir –
Two of the chief defenders of the faith in the Old Testament and in the New – Moses and Paul – were both well-versed in the language, the thinking, and the philosophy of their cultures.
– Ravi Zacharias –