Language Quotes
The majesty and grandeur of the English language, it's the greatest possession we have. The noblest thoughts that ever flowed through the hearts of men are contained in its extraordinary, imaginative, and musical mixtures of sounds.

PROFESSOR HENRY HIGGINS, My Fair Lady (1964)

There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven't used it for years.

PROFESSOR HENRY HIGGINS, My Fair Lady (1964)

Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration. And this is where I think language came from. I mean, it came from our desire to transcend our isolation and have some sort of connection with one another. And it had to be easy when it was just simple survival. Like you know, "water". We came up with a sound for that. Or "saber tooth tiger right behind you." We came up with a sound for that. But when it gets really interesting, I think, is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we're experiencing. What is like..."frustration"? Or what is "anger" or "love"? When I say "love", the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person's ear, travels through this byzantine conduit in their brain, through their memories of love or lack of love. And they register what I'm saying and they say yes, they understand. But how do I know they understand? Because words are inert. They're just symbols. They're dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It's unspeakable. And yet you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think that we're understood, I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it's what we live for.

KIM KRIZAN, Waking Life (2001)

I love French wine, like I love the French language. I have sampled every language, French is my favorite. Fantastic language. Especially to curse with. Nom de dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperie de connard d'enculé de ta mère. It's like wiping your arse with silk. I love it.

MEROVINGIAN, The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

People seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it's really given us is Howard Dean's aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People... they don't write anymore, they blog. Instead of talking, they text. No punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it's just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King's English.

HANK MOODY, Californication, "LOL" (2007)

I don't swear just for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication, I think we should use all the words we've got. Besides, there are damn few words that anybody understands.

HENRY DRUMMOND, Inherit the Wind (1960)


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