54 of the Most Beautiful Language Quotations

It seems like everyone talks about how important it is to know another language. It’s like every parent and grandparent had come together from every single culture around the world and agreed that drilling its importance into to minds of their children was the ultimate plan. Languages give opportunity! They open up professional doors, increase career mobility, add different perspectives on life, and so many other benefits. Well, that’s what we’re told. And, we actually believe it ourselves.

We hope you enjoy these 54 quotations about the importance of learning languages. Surely, these will motivate you instantly to hop on the internet and scour for language exercises.

 


Language Quotations

 

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

“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

 

“Better than learning how to speak a foreign language, is to start speaking the truth. But few people will listen, because they just don’t understand.”

~ Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

 

“Language is the key to the heart of people.”

~ Ahmed Deedat

 

“The aim of language…is to communicate…to impart to others the results one has obtained…As I talk, I reveal the situation…I reveal it to myself and to others in order to change it.”

~ Jean-Paul Sartre

 

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

~ Charlemagne

 

“We breathe in our first language, and swim in our second.”

~Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon

 

“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”

~ Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

 

“The ability to think for one’s self depends upon one’s mastery of the language.”

~ Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

 

“No new world without a new language.”

~ Ingeborg Bachmann, The Thirtieth Year: Stories

 

“A mind enclosed in language is in prison.”

~ Simone Weil

 

“A language is everything you do.”

~ Margaret Atwood

 

“Understanding languages and other cultures builds bridges. It is the fastest way to bring the world closer together and to Truth. Through understanding, people will be able to see their similarities before differences.”

~ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

 

“As vocabulary is reduced , so are the number of feelings you can express, the number of events you can describe, the number of the things you can identify! Not only understanding is limited, but also experience. Man grows by language. Whenever he limits language he retrogresses!”

~ Sheri S. Tepper, A Plague of Angels

 

“Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet. It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones: The history of how you felt.”

~ Simon Van Booy

 

“Language is still separating us even though technology is bringing us closer together.”

~ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

 

“Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula.”

~ Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics

 

“English is a beautiful language, a remarkably precise language with a million words to choose from to deliver your exact shade of meaning.”

~ Laura Fraser, An Italian Affair

 

“To most people, if you’re muttering, you might as well be speaking a foreign language. I should know, because in college I took two years of muttering.”

~ Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

 

“Once upon a time there were two countries, at war with each other. In order to make peace after many years of conflict, they decided to build a bridge across the ocean. But because they never learned each other’s language properly, they could never agree on the details, so the two halves of the bridge they started to build never met.
To this day the bridge extends far into the ocean from both sides, and simply ends half way, miles in the wrong direction from the meeting point. And the two countries are still at war.”

~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

 

“A body is a body, but only voices are capable of love”

~ Ricardo Piglia, The Absent City

 

“Words are power. The more words you know and can recognize, use, define, understand, the more power you will have as a human being… The more language you know, the more likely it is that no one can get over on you.”
selection from book: Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community.”

~ Quraysh Ali Lansana & Georgia A. Popoff

 

“Furniture or gold can be taken away from you, but knowledge and a new language can easily be taken from one place to the other, and nobody can take them away from you.”

~ David Schwarzer, Noa’s Ark: One Child’s Voyage Into Multiliteracy

 

“So he came to realize that learning a language was perhaps the most profound thing a man could do. Not only did it require wrapping different sounds around the very movement of your soul, it involved learning things somehow already known, as though much of what he was somehow existed apart from him. A kind of enlightenment accompanied these first lessons, a deeper understanding of self.”

~ R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye

 

“When somebody speaks a language that we don’t know, we often imagine that some important things are being said!”

~ Mehmet Murat ildan

 

“Your language indicates──and limits──what you think.”

~ Jonathan Price, Put That in Writing

 

“Those who say “Rules are meant to be broken.” are saying this by following rules of English language.”

~ Aishwarya Shiva Pareek

 

“Your first love is like your first language. No matter how many other languages you learn to speak, you can never be as good as in your first.”

~ Ahmed Alibage

 

“Facing a language you don’t know is like returning to your infancy when your mother tongue used to be a foreign language to you.”

~ Munia Khan

 

“He spoke Spanish, English, Italian, and just enough of every other language to be able to charm women around the world.”

~ Lynsey Addario, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

 

“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.”

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

“Great is language . . . . it is the mightiest of the sciences. It is the fulness and color and form and diversity of the earth . . . . and of men and women . . . . and of all qualities and processes; It is greater than wealth . . . . it is greater than buildings or ships or religions or paintings or music.”

~ Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

 

“The English language is simply not logical. It is strong, free, and beautiful.”

~ Edward Nelson Teall

 

“No two of us learn our language alike, nor, in a sense, does any finish learning it while he lives.”

~ Willard Van Orman Quine

 

“A man who knows two languages is worth two men.”

~ French Proverb

 

“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift.  Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club -the community of speakers of that language.”

~ Frank Smith

 

“ Pick a destination, go there, be open-minded and talk to the locals. Eat the things they eat and go where they go. You don’t need to be fluent, just as long as you’ve got a smile on your face- people will be jumping over themselves to show you the stuff they’re proud of.”

~ Jamie Oliver

 

…the only normal way to begin speaking in a new language is to begin speaking badly!!

~ Greg and Angela Thomson, Growing Participator Approach

 

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

Learning languages is like learning history from the inside out. It encompasses the battles of ethnicity, religion, compromise, politics. So much can be learned from language because it’s been shaped by history.

~ David Webb, The Bourne Sanction, Eric van Lustbader

 

The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.

~ Victor Hugo

 

Absolutely nothing is so important for a nation’s culture as its language.

~ Wilhelm von Humboldt

 

Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

 

I never found accents difficult, after learning languages.

~ Vivien Leigh

 

It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning.

~ Michael Gove

 

No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality.

~ Edward Sapir

 

No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby, so helpless and so ridiculous.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society”

~ Edward Lee Gorsuch, former chancellor of the University of Alaska

 

“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.”

~ Roger Bacon, English philosopher

 

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

~ Flora Lewis, American journalist

 

“Learning a new language is like starting a new life.”

~ Michel Bouthot, teacher and multidisciplinary artist

 

“Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.”

~ Rumi, Persian poet

 

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.”

~ Benjamin Lee Whorf, American linguist

 

“We should learn languages because language is the only thing worth knowing even poorly.”

~ Kató Lomb, Hungarian interpreter and translator

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