If you want to change the way people
think, you can educate them, brainwash them, bribe them, drug
them. Or you can teach them a few carefully chosen new words
with the power to change the way you see the world (or as the
Germans would say, these words might warp your Weltanschauung).
- Howard Rheingold, They Have a Word for It
We are larger than our language and just as big.
Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out
as you first hoped.
- Lillian Hellman
In the history of the 'logosphere', which is all the world's
words and languages that've ever existed, the vast majority
have only ever been spoken by relatively small speech communities.
A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
You have visitors in your house, not tourists nor travelers.
- Hugo Antonio Santiago, Oaxaca
very well. I knew I could not design an ontology that would
work for all of you because you all have different views.
- Steve Coast, State
Of The Map 2007
What attracts students to the study of a foreign language is
not its appearance as an abstruse code saying the very same
things that are said more simply in their mother tongue, but,
rather, the opening up of a new world by the foreign language.
- Jackie-Ann Ross, New Zealand's Educational TV, Word
of the Day
Outside our own country we are all seen as tourists; even we
use the word tourist to describe the 'other guy.' What distinguishes
one tourist from another is how we travel, not where or even
why. What distinguishes Transitions
Abroad readers from the other guy is a desire to learn from
our hosts and openness to change
When you hang out with Mexicans and you speak Spanish, you
are in a different México.
I'm turning my back on words now.
- Poi Dog Pondering
The semantic web is turning into the wetlands of language.
- Bruce Sterling, Make
No Decision Out of Fear
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except,
of course, language.
- Oscar Wilde
Dissecting humor is like dissecting a frog, You can do it,
but when you're done, both the joke and the frog are dead
My obligation is this: To be transparent.
You have visitors in your house, not tourists.
The last thing we need is for academics to suck the life out
of 'adventure travel' by defining it.
- Tour operator
Each mother tongue teaches its users a way of seeing and feeling
the world, and of acting in the world, that is quite unique.
- Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media
Language is not the only way to communicate.
Words are like a string I pull out of my mouth.
Dog Pondering, Catacombs
The Beatles taught the world English.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
Life is so beautiful, so light, so short and a representation
of it is always so ugly, so heavy, so long.
A writer must be at peace.
If language were liquid, it would come rolling in.
- Suzanne Vega
Nature is a language - can't you read?
- The Smiths, Ask
Would all the people who cannot communicate, please SHUT UP.
From the standpoint of what the brain is designed to do, it
would not be surprising if language subcenters are idiosyncratically
tangled or scattered over the cortex.
- Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct
Many Mexican-Americans in the Southwest, who speak both languages
and admire both countries, feel strangely foreign in their own
- Ruben Salazar, Border Correspondent
What sort of conversation do we want?
Whatever is unnamed, undepicted in images, whatever is omitted
from biography, censored in collections of letters, whatever
is misnamed as something else, made difficult-to-come-by, whatever
is buried in the memory by the collapse of meaning under an
inadequate or lying language -- this will become not merely
unspoken, but unspeakable.
- Adrienne Rich
The political movement of the Sixties died because people accepted
the language without changing it. The Marxists accepted Marx's
language, the students accepted hippie language, the love generation
accepted jazz musician's language ... If, as in the English
department, the language is all received knowledge that the
psyche has not absorbed and interpreted, then the language is
- Robert Bly, EastWest Journal, August 1976
Me fail English? That's unpossible.
- The Simpsons