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Without language, our writings would be extremely limited and our creativity would take a huge hit. Our society would be entirely different with many ideas going unexpressed. We might be just dancing around, waving our arms, and grunting to get other people's attention at this point. Actually, that might be a little fun, but otherwise it would make the world a much tougher place to endure. Luckily, we have it and it keeps evolving to meet our needs.

These language quotes are all about what it means to the world.


Language is a fossil poetry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Language is the house of Being. In its home man dwells.
Martin Heidegger
Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johson
The use of language is all we have to pit against death and silence.
Joyce Carol Oates
If one corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
George Orwell
Language is power... Language can be used as a means of changing reality.
Adrienne Rich
Clarity in language depends on clarity in thought.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Perhaps of all the creations of man language is the most astonishing.
Lytton Strachey
Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
Benjamin Whorf
Now the whole earth had one language and few words.
The Bible, Genesis 11:1
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