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◆ The past is always tense, the future perfect.
- Zadie Smith100
◆ A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W.H. Auden99
◆ The menu is not the meal.
- Alan Wilson Watts99
◆ Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.
- Margaret Atwood99
◆ From this point forth, we shall be leaving the firm foundation of fact and journeying together through the murky marshes of memory into thickets of wildest guesswork.
- J.K. Rowling99
◆ I thought: pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.
- Muriel Barbery99
◆ Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?
- Melina Marchetta99
◆ He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.
- James Joyce99
◆ I'm bilingual, speaking English and body language. I prefer the latter, because I can speak it silently and without listening and while my back is turned.
- Jarod Kintz99
◆ Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
- Gustave Flaubert99
◆ The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein99
◆ In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who loses a child.
- Jodi Picoult99
◆ I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me.
- Matt Groening99
◆ From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
- Winston Churchill99
◆ Using words to talk of words is like using a pencil to draw a picture of itself, on itself. Impossible. Confusing. Frustrating ... but there are other ways to understanding.
- Patrick Rothfuss99

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