Rumi Page

“Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk into the language-river. Listen to the ocean, and bring your talky business to an end Traditional words are just babbling in that presence, and babbling is a substitute for sight.”

- Rumi

Source/Notes: The Three Fish Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 196 - The Essential Rumi (1995)
Nelson Mandela Page

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: Explaining why he learned Afrikaans, the language of his prison guards in South Africa. - At home in the world: the Peace Corps story, Peace Corps, 1996 - ISBN: 9780964447219
Woody Allen Page

“The most beautiful words in the English language aren't "I love you" but "it's benign."”

- Woody Allen

Source/Notes: Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Ludwig Wittgenstein Page

“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Source/Notes: Philosophical Investigations (1953 edition)
Rumi Page

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense.”

- Rumi

Source/Notes: The Great Wagon Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 36 - The Essential Rumi (1995)


Ronald Reagan Page

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”

- Ronald Reagan

Source/Notes: (12 August 1986)
Don Miller Page

“Tony the Beat Poet says the words alone, lonely and loneliness are three of the most powerful words in the English language. I agree with Tony. Those words say that we are human; they are like the words hunger and thirst. But they are not words about the body, they are words about the soul.”

- Don Miller

Source/Notes: Blue Like Jazz (2003, Nelson Books)
Vincent Van Gogh Page

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.”

- Vincent Van Gogh

Source/Notes: The letters of Vincent Van Gogh (1963 edition), Scribner - ISBN: 9780689701672
Gordon Ramsay Page

“Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change. You've got to be boisterous to get results.”

- Gordon Ramsay

Isaac Bashevis Singer Page

“The Jewish people have been in exile for 2,000 years; they have lived in hundreds of countries, spoken hundreds of languages and still they kept their old language, Hebrew. They kept their Aramaic, later their Yiddish; they kept their books; they kept their faith.”

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Source/Notes: The New York Times (26 November 1978)


W. S. Gilbert Page

“When you're lying awake with a dismal headache, and repose is tabooed by anxiety, /1 conceive you may use any language you choose to indulge in without impropriety.”

- W. S. Gilbert

Ezra Pound Page

“Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.”

- Ezra Pound

Source/Notes: ABC of Reading (1934)
Robert E. Lee Page

“Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.”

- Robert E. Lee

Ozzy Osbourne Page

“ you'll know, the word 'fuck' sort of is used quite a lot in my house. Now, that's not to say, I think to say 'fuck this' or 'fuck you' a lot more, so it should be entered into the English language, because it has a lot more impact when you say, 'I fucking hate this thing.”

- Ozzy Osbourne

Source/Notes:, 2002
Jomo Kenyatta Page

“The basis of any independent government is a national language, and we can no longer continue aping our former colonizers... those who feel they cannot do without English can as well pack up and go.”

- Jomo Kenyatta

Source/Notes: (1974) cited in Crystal, David, English as a Global Language (2003), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521530323, p. 124.


Galileo Galilei Page

“Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe.”

- Galileo Galilei

Source/Notes: Attributed. Quoted in: Creative learning in perspective, Volume 1972 by Tudor Powell Jones
Rumi Page

“At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won't use the door, only the window.”

- Rumi