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Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God.

Languages are the barometers of national thought and character.

Languages, like our bodies, are in a perpetual flux, and stand in need of recruits to supply those words which are continually falling into disuse.

No man fully capable of his own language ever masters another.

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to leam a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language.

The common people do not accurately adapt their thoughts to objects; nor, secondly, do they accurately adapt their words to their thoughts; they do not mean to lie; but, taking no pains to be exact, they give you very false accounts. A great part of their language is proverbial; if anything rocks at all, they say it rocks like a cradle; and in this way they go on.

The Creator has gifted the whole universe with language, but few are the hearts that can interpret it. Happy those to whom it is no foreign tongue, acquired imperfectly with care and pain, but rather a native language, learned unconsciously from the lips of the great mother.

The language denotes the man; a coarse or refined character finds its expression naturally in a coarse or refined phraseology.

The whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

There is no tracing the connection of ancient nations but by language; therefore I am always sorry when any language is lost, for languages are the pedigree of nations.

There was speech in their dumbness; language in their very gesture.

Thinking cannot be clear till it has had expression. - We must write, or speak, or act our thoughts, or they will remain in a half torpid form. - Our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which, till they descend in rain, will never bring up fruit or flower. - So it is with all the inward feelings; expression gives them development. - Thought is the blossom; language the opening bud; action the fruit behind it.

What would the science of language be without missions.

Words are the leaves of the tree of language, of which, if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.


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