|Well languagd Danyel.|
William BrowneBritannias Pastorals. Bk. II. Song 2. L. 303.
| Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuitable to the time, place, and company.|
ColeridgeBiographia Literaria. Ch. X.
|And who in time knows whither we may vent|
The treasure of our tongue? To what strange shores
This gain of our best glory shall be sent,
T enrich unknowing nations with our stores?
What worlds in th yet unformed Occident
May come refind with th accents that are ours?
Sam. DanielMusophilus. Last lines.
|Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows|
Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.
DrydenSixth Satire of Juvenal. L. 583.
|Language is fossil poetry.|
EmersonEssays. The Poet.
| Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.|
EmersonLetters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originality.
|And dont confound the language of the nation|
With long-tailed words in osity and ation.
J. Hookham FrereKing Arthur and his Round Table. Introduction. St. 6.
| Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.|
Samuel JohnsonPreface to his English Dictionary.
| Laccent du pays où lon est né demeure dans lesprit et dans le cur comme dans le langage.|
The accent of ones country dwells in the mind and in the heart as much as in the language.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 342.
|Writ in the climate of heaven, in the language spoken by angels.|
LongfellowThe Children of the Lords Supper. L. 262.
|La grammaire, qui sait régenter jusquaux rois,|
Et les fait, la main haute, obéir à ses lois.
Grammar, which knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws.
MolièreLes Femmes Savantes. II. 6.
| Une louange en grec est dune merveilleuse efficace à la tête dun livre.|
A laudation in Greek is of marvellous efficacy on the title-page of a book.
MolièrePreface. Les Précieuses Ridicules.
| Laccent est lâme du discours, il lui donne le sentiment et la vérité.|
Accent is the soul of a language; it gives the feeling and truth to it.
|Syllables govern the world.|
John SeldenTable Talk. Power.
|He has strangled|
His language in his tears.
Henry VIII. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 158.
|Thou whoreson Zed! thou unnecessary letter!|
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 66.
|You taught me language; and my profit ont|
Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
For learning me your language!
Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 363.
| Fie, fie upon her!|
Theres language in her eye, her cheek, her lip,
Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out
At every joint and motive of her body.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 55.
| There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture.|
Winters Tale. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 12.
|Ego sum rex Romanus, et supra grammaticam.|
I am the King of Rome, and above grammar.
Sigismund. At the Council of Constance. (1414). To a prelate who objected to his grammar.
|Don Chaucer, well of English undefyled|
On Fames eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.
SpenserFaerie Queene. IV. 2. 32.
| Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of language.|
Noah WebsterPreface to Dictionary. Ed. of 1828.
|From purest wells of English undefiled|
None deeper drank than he, the New Worlds Child,
Who in the language of their farm field spoke
The wit and wisdom of New England folk.
WhittierJames Russell Lowell.
|Oft on the dappled turf at ease|
I sit, and play with similes,
Loose type of things through all degrees.
WordsworthTo the Daisy.