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1. “...I am not, however, militant in my atheism. The great English theoretical physicist Paul Dirac is a militant atheist. I suppose he is interested in arguing about the existence of God. I am not. It was once quipped that there is no God and Dirac is his prophet.”

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Author : Linus Pauling

2. “If the surprise outcome of the recent UK referendum - on whether to leave or remain in the European Union - teaches us anything, it is that supposedly worthy displays of democracy in action can actually do more harm than good. Witness a nation now more divided; an intergenerational schism in the making; both a governing and opposition party torn to shreds from the inside; infinitely more complex issues raised than satisfactory solutions provided. It begs the question 'Was it really all worth it' ?”

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Author : Alex Morritt
Source : Impromptu Scribe

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

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Author : Ahmed Deedat

4. “Psychobabble attempts to redefine the entire English language just to make a correct statement incorrect. Psychology is the study of why someone would try to do this.”

Tags : Argue Argumentation Babble Babbling Craftiness Debate Debating Deceit English Fallacies Fallacy Funny Humor Incorrect Justification Language Psychology Redefine Refutation Retorts Self Justification Study Wrongness
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

5. “The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.”

Tags : English French Humour Language London Paris
Author : Stephen Fry
Source : The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

6. “...[G]reat progress was evident in the last Congress of the American 'Labour Union' in that among other things, it treated working women with complete equality. While in this respect the English, and still more the gallant French, are burdened with a spirit of narrow-mindedness. Anybody who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex (the ugly ones included).”

Tags : American English Equality Feminism French History Humor Labor Union Progress Social Change
Author : Karl Marx
Source : Selected Letters: The Personal Correspondence 1844-1877

7. “J'ai toujours préféré la folie des passions à la sagesse de l'indifférence.”

Tags : Anatole France English French Love Passion Prefer Reality True

8. “This actually did happen to a real person, and the real person is me. I had gone to catch a train. This was April 1976, in Cambridge, U.K. I was a bit early for the train. I’d gotten the time of the train wrong. I went to get myself a newspaper to do the crossword, and a cup of coffee and a packet of cookies. I went and sat at a table. I want you to picture the scene. It’s very important that you get this very clear in your mind. Here’s the table, newspaper, cup of coffee, packet of cookies. There’s a guy sitting opposite me, perfectly ordinary-looking guy wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase. It didn’t look like he was going to do anything weird. What he did was this: he suddenly leaned across, picked up the packet of cookies, tore it open, took one out, and ate it.Now this, I have to say, is the sort of thing the British are very bad at dealing with. There’s nothing in our background, upbringing, or education that teaches you how to deal with someone who in broad daylight has just stolen your cookies. You know what would happen if this had been South Central Los Angeles. There would have very quickly been gunfire, helicopters coming in, CNN, you know… But in the end, I did what any red-blooded Englishman would do: I ignored it. And I stared at the newspaper, took a sip of coffee, tried to do a clue in the newspaper, couldn’t do anything, and thought, What am I going to do?In the end I thought Nothing for it, I’ll just have to go for it, and I tried very hard not to notice the fact that the packet was already mysteriously opened. I took out a cookie for myself. I thought, That settled him. But it hadn’t because a moment or two later he did it again. He took another cookie. Having not mentioned it the first time, it was somehow even harder to raise the subject the second time around. “Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice…” I mean, it doesn’t really work.We went through the whole packet like this. When I say the whole packet, I mean there were only about eight cookies, but it felt like a lifetime. He took one, I took one, he took one, I took one. Finally, when we got to the end, he stood up and walked away. Well, we exchanged meaningful looks, then he walked away, and I breathed a sigh of relief and st back.A moment or two later the train was coming in, so I tossed back the rest of my coffee, stood up, picked up the newspaper, and underneath the newspaper were my cookies. The thing I like particularly about this story is the sensation that somewhere in England there has been wandering around for the last quarter-century a perfectly ordinary guy who’s had the same exact story, only he doesn’t have the punch line.”

Tags : Cookies English Humor
Author : Douglas Adams

9. “The next morning we experienced our very first “full English breakfast,” which consisted of tea, orange juice, cookies, oatmeal, granola, berries, bananas, croissants, grapes, pineapples, prunes, yogurt, five kinds of cold cereal, eggs, hash browns, back bacon, sausage, smoked salmon, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, toast, butter, jam, jelly, and honey. I don’t know how the British do it.”

Tags : Back Bacon Bananas Beans Berries British Butter Cookies Croissants Eating Eggs English Granola Grapes Hash Browns Jam Jelly Mushrooms Oatmeal Orange Juice Prunes Sausage Tea Tomatoes
Author : Jared Brock
Source : A Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life


Tags : Argument English Funny Humor Scottish
Source : Code Name Verity

11. “If Canada had a soul (a doubtful proposition, Moses thought) then it wasn't to be found in Batoche or the Plains of Abraham or Fort Walsh or Charlottetown or Parliament Hill, but in The Caboose and thousands of bars like it that knit the country together from Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, to the far side of Vancouver Island.”

Tags : Alcoholics Bars Canada Canadiennes Culture English Irish Mutts Natives Scottish Soul True North Strong And Free
Source : Solomon Gursky Was Here

12. “Man is a bad animal....”

Tags : Brion British Burroughs English France Gysin
Author : Brion Gysin
Source : Here to Go: Planet R-101

13. “Bicky rocked, like a jelly in a high wind.”

Tags : British Comedy English Humor Jello Jelly Wodehouse

14. “some trillions of years ago a sloppy, dirty giant flicked grease from his fingers. One of those gobs of grease is our universe on its way to the floor. Splat!”

Tags : Brion British Burroughs English France Gysin
Author : Brion Gysin

15. “You are like the winged goddess from Greek mythology. As beautiful and soaring like an angel as her". #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion:”

Tags : Book Book Quotes Book Worm Books English Italian Italian Literature Italianpassion Italy Love Lovequotes Passion Quotes Rome Russia Russian Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : Olga GOA

16. “I give pleasure to you. Do not interfere..." #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Quotes Book Worm Books English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Lovequotes Passion Rome Russia Russian Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : Olga GOA

17. “I cannot perceive that you're still a girl. Ur kisses don't seem so innocent. They just drive me crazy!" #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Quotes Books Bookworm English Feelings Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Love Quotes Passion Quotes Rome Russia Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : Olga GOA

18. “It pleases him how Spell is how the word is made but also, in the hands of the magician, how the world is changed. One letter separates Word from World, and that letter is like the number one, or an 'I', or a shaft of light between almost closed curtains. There is an old letter called a thorn, which jags and tears at the throat as it's uttered. Later he learns that Grammar and Glamour share the same deeper root, which is further magic, and there can be neither magic without that root, nor plant. He's lost in it like Chid in Child, or God reversed into Dog. Somewhere inside him is a colon. A sentence can last for life.”

Tags : English Language Prose Prose Poem Prose Poetry Wordplay Words Writing
Source : With a Zero at its Heart

19. “In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.”

Tags : Child English Inadequacy Of Words Language Lose Loss Mourning Parent
Author : Jodi Picoult
Source : My Sister's Keeper

20. “A mixture, before the English, of irritation and bafflement, of having this same language, same past, so many same things, and yet not belonging to them any more. Being worse than rootless... speciesless.”

Tags : Bafflement Belong Belonging England English Irritation Language Past Rootless Roots Speciesless
Author : John Fowles
Source : The Magus

21. “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Tags : Beauty English Literature Summer
Author : Henry James

22. “Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." I'd like to show how "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" connects with "the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age." I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”

Tags : Capture Disappointment Emotions English Excitement Fail Hatred Language Sadness
Source : Middlesex

23. “It was the French of the Normans that, grafting itself onto the barbaric Saxon tongue, gave it its most magnificent blossoming. And, in these new countries, where both English and French are intertwined again, it is as if English were bathing itself in the fountain of its own youth, and as if French were remembering the buried treasures it had thought forgotten.”

Tags : Blossoming Buried Treasure English Fountain Of Youth French Language Norman Saxon
Source : Luminous Chaos

24. “I beg your pardon; I am drunk without a drink. English wine & words are vulnerable to every man.”

Tags : Drink English Funny Man Vulnerable

25. “I live on remnants of dreams”

Tags : Dreams Dreams Inspirational Dreams Quotes English English Literature Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Live My Quotes New Thought Quote About Life Quotes Quotes About Life Quotes Of Life Quotes To Live By Remnants

26. “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.”

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27. “Dearest creature in creation,Study English pronunciation.I will teach you in my verseSounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.I will keep you, Suzy, busy,Make your head with heat grow dizzy.Tear in eye, your dress will tear.So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.Just compare heart, beard, and heard,Dies and diet, lord and word,Sword and sward, retain and Britain.(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)Now I surely will not plague youWith such words as plaque and ague.But be careful how you speak:Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;Cloven, oven, how and low,Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.Hear me say, devoid of trickery,Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,Exiles, similes, and reviles;Scholar, vicar, and cigar,Solar, mica, war and far;One, anemone, Balmoral,Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;Gertrude, German, wind and mind,Scene, Melpomene, mankind.Billet does not rhyme with ballet,Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.Blood and flood are not like food,Nor is mould like should and would.Viscous, viscount, load and broad,Toward, to forward, to reward.And your pronunciation’s OKWhen you correctly say croquet,Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,Friend and fiend, alive and live.Ivy, privy, famous; clamourAnd enamour rhyme with hammer.River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,Doll and roll and some and home.Stranger does not rhyme with anger,Neither does devour with clangour.Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,And then singer, ginger, linger,Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.Query does not rhyme with very,Nor does fury sound like bury.Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.Though the differences seem little,We say actual but victual.Refer does not rhyme with deafer.Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.Mint, pint, senate and sedate;Dull, bull, and George ate late.Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,Science, conscience, scientific.Liberty, library, heave and heaven,Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.We say hallowed, but allowed,People, leopard, towed, but vowed.Mark the differences, moreover,Between mover, cover, clover;Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,Chalice, but police and lice;Camel, constable, unstable,Principle, disciple, label.Petal, panel, and canal,Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,Senator, spectator, mayor.Tour, but our and succour, four.Gas, alas, and Arkansas.Sea, idea, Korea, area,Psalm, Maria, but malaria.Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.Doctrine, turpentine, marine.Compare alien with Italian,Dandelion and battalion.Sally with ally, yea, ye,Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.Say aver, but ever, fever,Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.Heron, granary, canary.Crevice and device and aerie.Face, but preface, not efface.Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.Large, but target, gin, give, verging,Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.Ear, but earn and wear and tearDo not rhyme with here but ere.Seven is right, but so is even,Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)Is a paling stout and spikey?Won’t it make you lose your wits,Writing groats and saying grits?It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,Islington and Isle of Wight,Housewife, verdict and indict.Finally, which rhymes with enough,Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?Hiccough has the sound of cup.My advice is to give up!!!”

Tags : English Humor Language Pronunciation Satire Wit
Source : Drop your Foreign Accent

28. “To show you know english , what you must know is English is not an accent but its the vocabulary.”

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29. “A woman who is praying and a woman who is having fun, they both say " Oh My God", the only difference is how they pronounce it.”

Tags : English Funny Girls Grammar Praying Woman

30. “Literature offers the thrill of minds of great clarity wrestling with the endless problems and delights of being human. To engage with them is to engage with oneself, and the lasting rewards are not confined to specific career paths.”

Tags : Degree English Literature Study University

31. “विपद: सन्तु ता: शश्वत्तत्र तत्र जगद्गुरो।भवतो दर्शनं यत्स्यादपुनर्भवदर्शनम्॥८॥Master of Universe I pray for calamities, So I do remember You ever constantly,Remembering You means freedom be, From cycle of births and death finally. - 201 -”

Tags : English God Hindu Hinduism Krishna Kunti Lord Misra Munindra Rhyme Stuti
Source : Chants of Hindu Gods and Godesses in English Rhyme

32. “Don't fuck with an English major. They keep lots of useless crap trapped in their heads. Once in a while they let some of it out and it bites you square on the ass.”

Tags : English Knowledge Teaching
Author : P.C. Cast
Source : Divine By Mistake

33. “You have many flaws, he announced... “But there was one flaw that made all the other imperfections pale in comparison.”“Was?” she asked. “I don't have this flaw any longer?”“No, you don't.”“Pray tell,” she muttered in exasperation, “what was this terrible flaw?”He grinned. “You used to be English.”

Tags : English Flaws
Author : Julie Garwood
Source : Ransom

34. “That’s different. The French know that the English are superior to them and they’re appropriate about it. The Eastern Europeans on the other hand have no sense of place. All that communism has them thinking that everyone really is of the same class and we are absolutely not. But they don’t know that.”

Tags : Eastern Europe English French Xenophobia
Author : Colin Browne
Source : The Baggage Handler

35. “My father was English. He date-raped my mother so she's hated English men ever since. You know my boyfriend's English, and I'm, uh, I'm half-English, which she's never been real happy about. If she finds out I'm dating someone English, she'll ah, think I' turning my back on her and becoming a foreigner.'Cathy, that's the stupidest reason I've ever heard.”

Tags : Bones Cat English Grave Halfway
Source : Halfway to the Grave

36. “There are hundreds of languages around the world, but a smile, speaks them all.”

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Author : -

37. “I'd hoped for someone who was remarkably intelligent, but disadvantaged by home circumstance, someone who only needed an hour's extra tuition a week to become some kind of working-class prodigy. I wanted my hour a week to make the difference between a future addicted to heroin and a future studying English at Oxford. That was the sort of kid I wanted, and instead they'd given me someone whose chief interest was in eating fruit. I mean, what did he need to read for? There's an international symbol for the gents' toilets, and he could always get his mother to tell him what was on television.”

Tags : Children Disadvantaged English Fruit Gents Toilets Heroin Intelligent Learning To Read Martin Sharpe Oxford Pacino Prodigy Reading Symbol Telly Tutoring
Author : Nick Hornby
Source : A Long Way Down

38. “॥दोहा॥श्रीगुरु चरन सरोज रज, निज मनु मुकुरु सुधारि।बरनउँ रघुबर बिमल जसु, जो दायकु फल चारि॥DohaWith the dust of guru’s lotus feet having,I cleanse the mirror of my soul sparkling,Raghuvar’s spotless glory I be singing,The four fruits of life it ever is giving.- 303 -”

Tags : Chalisa Chants Culture English God Goddess Hanuman Hindu Hinduism Misra Munindra Prayer Rhyme
Source : Chants of Hindu Gods and Godesses in English Rhyme

39. “Shani Chalisa॥दोहा॥ Dohaजय-जय श्री शनिदेव प्रभु, सुनहु विनय महराज।करहुं कृपा हे रवि तनय, राखहु जन की लाज॥Shani Maharaj, glory to you with sincerity,Listen to my prayers I request humbly,Bestow your grace and protect me fully,Keep respect and honour of your devotees.- 341 -”

Tags : Chalisa Chants Deva English God Goddess Hindu Hinduism Misra Munidra Prayer Rhyme Shani Worship
Source : Chants of Hindu Gods and Godesses in English Rhyme

40. “संकट मोचन हनुमानाष्टकमत्तगयन्द छन्दबाल समय रबि भक्षि लियो तब तीनहुँ लोक भयो अँधियारो।ताहि सों त्रास भयो जग को यह संकट काहु सों जात न टारो।देवन आनि करी बिनती तब छाँड़ि दियो रबि कष्ट निवारो।को नहिं जानत है जग में कपि संकटमोचन नाम तिहारो॥१॥When as a child you lapped the sun, darkness on triple world fell,The worlds so got into trouble and a crisis that none could dispel,Gods then prayed to you to spare the sun and you did so quell,Who doesn’t know in this world your name `Problem Solver’ bells?- 294 -”

Tags : Chants English God Goddesses Hanuman Hanumanashtak Misra Mochan Munindra Prayer Rhyme Sankat
Source : Chants of Hindu Gods and Godesses in English Rhyme

41. “The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me’.”

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42. “Of course, it is boring to read about boring thing, but it is better to read something that makes you yawn with boredom than something that will make you weep uncontrollably, pound your fists against the floor, and leave tearstains all over your pillowcase, sheets, and boomerang collection.”

Tags : English Humor
Source : The Grim Grotto

43. “The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language. Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in "Lonesome Dove" and had nightmares about slavery in "Beloved" and walked the streets of Dublin in "Ulysses" and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my mother killed by a baseball in "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I've been in ten thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious gift of the English language. ”

Tags : Conroy English Literature Reading Teachers
Author : Pat Conroy

44. “Its very variety, subtlety, and utterly irrational, idiomatic complexity makes it possible to say things in English which simply cannot be said in any other language.”

Tags : English
Source : Stranger in a Strange Land

45. “The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

Tags : English Grammar Humor Misattributed Terry Pratchett Vocabulary

46. “The hallway was lined with numbered doors, odd numbers on one side and even numbers on the other, and large ornamental vases, too large to hold flowers and too small to hold spies.”

Tags : English Humor
Source : The Penultimate Peril

47. “Its a perfectly good face, Sparhawk.""It covers the front of my head. What else can you expect from a face?”

Tags : English Humor
Author : David Eddings
Source : The Diamond Throne

48. “Valentine clears his throat. "So. Why can't you just say it?" "Say what?" "You know what." "It's hardly the time or place." "It is if you're dying." "I can't." "You're a dick. Just fucking say it!" "I can't! I'm... English." "What am I, a Martian? I say it all the time. I know you love me, why can't you say it?" "If you know, then why do I have to?" "You're missing the point a bit." "I took your bullet, you little twat, don't you dare question whether I love you." "Yeah, but you could say it." The throb of the gunshots is pounding all down his arm and body. The pain's so bad he wants to cry, like he's five and he's skinned his knee coming off his bike. "Je t'aime," he says, through gritted teeth, to shut the kid up. "Je ne sais pas pourquoi. Tu es... complètement bête, tu t'habilles comme une pute travestie, je hais ta musique, tu es fou, tu me rends fou, mais je suis fou de toi et je pense à toi tout le temps et je t'aime, oui. Tu comprends? Je t'aime. Seulement... pas en anglais. Je ne peux pas." Valentine's shifting about like he's uncomfortable. "I ain't got no idea what you just said but I think I need to change my pants." "Maintenant, ta gueule.”

Tags : English Lindsay Love Confession Pip
Author : Richard Rider
Source : Stockholm Syndrome

49. “I don't understand German myself. I learned it at school, but forgot every word of it two years after I had left, and have felt much better ever since.”

Tags : English German Humor Sarcasm
Source : Three Men in a Boat

50. “Writing in English is like throwing mud at a wall.”

Tags : English Language Writing
Author : Joseph Conrad

51. “We are men without ambition, and all we want is to be left alone, in peace so that we can try and be happy. So few people will understand this simplicity.”

Tags : August An Indian Story English
Source : English, August: An Indian Story

52. “When in doubt about who's to blame. Blame the English.”

Tags : Blame Doubt English

53. “Neither you nor I speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English.”

Tags : Colonization Communication English Language
Author : Aravind Adiga
Source : The White Tiger

54. “She wanted more, more slang, more figures of speech, the bee's knees, the cats pajamas, horse of a different color, dog-tired, she wanted to talk like she was born here, like she never came from anywhere else”

Tags : Culture English Slang
Source : Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

55. “They had nothing in common but the English language.”

Tags : English
Author : E.M. Forster
Source : Howards End

56. “Sparhawk grinned. "If Martel finds out that he's drinking again, he'll reach down his throat and pull his heart out." "Can you actually do that to a man?" "You can if your arm's long enough, and if you know what you're looking for.[...]”

Tags : English Humor
Author : David Eddings
Source : The Diamond Throne

57. “Mr. Schmidt had screamed at me in New York: LOSER! You English Loser…I suppose he thought it was the most grievous insult he could hurl. But such a curse doesn’t really have any effect on an English person—or a European—it seems to me. We know we’re all going to lose in the end so it is deprived of any force as a slur. But not in the USA. Perhaps this is the great difference between the two worlds, this concept of Loserdom. In the New World it is the ultimate mark of shame—in the Old it prompts only a wry sympathy.”

Tags : Americans English Europeans Humor Loser
Author : William Boyd

58. “At first I was glad for the help. My freshmen English class, "Mythology and Archetypal Experience," confounded me. I didn't understand why we couldn't just read books without forcing contorted interpretations on then”

Tags : English Literary Criticism University
Source : Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

59. “lectures broke into one's day and were clearly a terrible waste of time, necessary no doubt if you were reading law or medicine or some other vocational subject, but in the case of English, the natural thing to do was talk a lot, listen to music, drink coffee and wine, read books, and go to plays, perhaps be in plays…”

Tags : English Humour Pretentiousness University
Author : Stephen Fry
Source : The Fry Chronicles

60. “.أن يكون لديك هدف -ولو بسيط- أفضل دائمًا من أن تكون بلا هدفHaving a goal, even though it is simple, is always better than being aimless.”

Tags : Aimless Always Arabic Better English Goals Quotes Inspirational Quotes Life Quotes Literature Motivational Quotes

61. “The most self-damaging words in the English language are: try, might, and if. These are words of uncertainty. Will you fail? That is possible. But continue doubting your abilities and you’ll never succeed.”

Tags : Abilities Ability Confidence Damaged Damaging Doubt English If Language Mageri Might Motivation Motivational Pnr Romance Series Succeed Success Try Uncertainty Urban Fantasy
Author : Dannika Dark
Source : Gravity

62. “John Locke invented common sense, and only Englishmen have had it ever since!”

Tags : Common Sense English Funny Humor Invention John Locke Joke

63. “With more insight into the English character, I poured out a stiff whisky and soda and placed it in front of the gloomy inspector.”

Tags : England English Gentleman Inglaterra Lol Stereotypes Uísque Whiskey Whisky
Source : Lord Edgware Dies

64. “Com maior percepção do caráter inglês, servi uma forte dose de uísque com soda e coloquei-a na frente do desditado inspetor.”

Tags : England English Gentleman Lol Stereotypes Whiskey
Source : Lord Edgware Dies

65. “...I'm worried I will leave grad school and no longer be able to speak English. I know this woman in grad school, a friend of a friend, and just listening to her talk is scary. The semiotic dialetics of intertextual modernity. Which makes no sense at all. Sometimes I feel that they live in a parallel universe of academia speaking acadamese instead of English and they don't really know what's happening in the real world.”

Tags : Academia Elitism English Funny Graduate School Intellects Language Long Words Pomposity University
Source : Americanah

66. “Because of social strictures against even the mildest swearing, America developed a particularly rich crop of euphemistic expletives - darn, durn, goldurn, goshdad, goshdang, goshawful, blast, consarn, confound, by Jove, by jingo, great guns, by the great horn spoon (a nonce term first cited in the Biglow Papers), jo-fired, jumping Jehoshaphat, and others almost without number - but even this cautious epithets could land people in trouble as late as the 1940s.”

Tags : English Humor Language Swearing
Author : Bill Bryson
Source : Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

67. “In a language as idiomatically stressed as English, opportunities for misreadings are bound to arise. By a mere backward movement of stress, a verb can become a noun, an act a thing. To refuse, to insist on saying no to what you believe is wrong, becomes at a stroke refuse, an insurmountable pile of garbage.”

Tags : English Language Misreading Misunderstanding
Author : Ian McEwan
Source : Amsterdam

68. “Kilmartin wrote a highly amusing and illuminating account of his experience as a Proust revisionist, which appeared in the first issue of Ben Sonnenberg's quarterly Grand Street in the autumn of 1981. The essay opened with a kind of encouragement: 'There used to be a story that discerning Frenchmen preferred to read Marcel Proust in English on the grounds that the prose of A la recherche du temps perdu was deeply un-French and heavily influenced by English writers such as Ruskin.' I cling to this even though Kilmartin thought it to be ridiculous Parisian snobbery; I shall never be able to read Proust in French, and one's opportunities for outfacing Gallic self-regard are relatively scarce.”

Tags : 1981 Ben Sonnenberg English Essays French French People Grand Street Magazine In Search Of Lost Time John Ruskin Marcel Proust Paris Revisionism Snobbery Terence Kilmartin
Source : Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

69. “People speak broken Swahili on purpose. Business people for instance will speak Sheng – a mixture of Swahili and English – because that’s what people want to hear. And what is the government doing? They speak broken Swahili most of the time. Swahili is getting lost and I am really sorry for the future generations.”

Tags : Broken Swahili Business Business People English Future Generations Government Hear Lost People Purpose Sheng Sorry Speak Swahili

70. “The neglected pioneer of one revolution, the honoured victim of another, brave to the point of folly, and as humane as he was brave, no man in his generation preached republican virtue in better English, nor lived it with a finer disregard of self.{On American founding father and hero, Thomas Paine}”

Tags : Brave English Founding Father Honor Humane Paine Pioneer Revolution Selflessness Thomas Paine Tom Paine Victim Virtue
Source : Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle

71. “So I went to bed, full, happy, and caring nothing for all the hurt of all the englished Welshmen that ever festered upon a proud land”

Tags : England English Funny Hiraeth Wales Welsh
Source : How Green Was My Valley

72. “Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.”

Tags : English Spelling
Author : Mark Twain

73. “I need not repeat familiar arguments about the waste of teachers' time, and the difficulties thrown in the way of English children trying to learn their own language; or the fact that nobody without a visual memory for words ever succeeds in spelling conventionally, however highly educated he or she may be.”

Tags : English Language Spelling

74. “Really, it is unfair to say that English spelling is not an accurate rendering of speech. It is – it's only that it renders the speech of the 16th century.”

Tags : 16Th Century English Speech Spelling
Author : Guy Deutscher
Source : The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention

75. “Let me put it this way. Canada is not so much a country as a holding tank filled with the disgruntled progeny of defeated peoples.”

Tags : 1982 Acidic Bar Barfly Beautiful Callahan Canada Captain Al Cohol Colonial Emmigrant English French From Far And Wide Gurskyism Immigrant Jewish Montreal North America North Americans O Canada Ontario Strong And Free Trudeau

76. “I think we are wise, we English speakers, to savor accents. They teach us things about our own tongue.”

Tags : Accen Accents English French Merrick Savor Tongue Vampire Vampire Chronicles
Author : Anne Rice
Source : Merrick

77. “There are matters in that book, said to be done by the express command of God, that are as shocking to humanity, and to every idea we have of moral justice, as any thing done by Robespierre, by Carrier, by Joseph le Bon, in France, by the English government in the East Indies, or by any other assassin in modern times. When we read in the books ascribed to Moses, Joshua, etc., that they (the Israelites) came by stealth upon whole nations of people, who, as the history itself shews, had given them no offence; that they put all those nations to the sword; that they spared neither age nor infancy; that they utterly destroyed men, women and children; that they left not a soul to breathe; expressions that are repeated over and over again in those books, and that too with exulting ferocity; are we sure these things are facts? are we sure that the Creator of man commissioned those things to be done? Are we sure that the books that tell us so were written by his authority?...The Bible tells us, that those assassinations were done by the express command of God. And to read the Bible without horror, we must undo every thing that is tender, sympathising, and benevolent in the heart of man. Speaking for myself, if I had no other evidence that the Bible is fabulous, than the sacrifice I must make to believe it to be true, that alone would be sufficient to determine my choice.”

Tags : Assassin Assassinations Bible Command Destruction East Indies English Evidence Ferocity France Horror Israelites Joseph Le Bon Joshua Moses No Mercy Offense Robespierre Sacrifice The Bible
Author : Thomas Paine
Source : The Age of Reason

78. “There are matters in that book, said to be done by the express command of God, that are as shocking to humanity, and to every idea we have of moral justice, as any thing done by Robespierre, by Carrier, by Joseph le Bon, in France, by the English government in the East Indies, or by any other assassin in modern times. When we read in the books ascribed to Moses, Joshua, etc., that they (the Israelites) came by stealth upon whole nations of people, who, as the history itself shews, had given them no offence; that they put all those nations to the sword; that they spared neither age nor infancy; that they utterly destroyed men, women and children; that they left not a soul to breathe; expressions that are repeated over and over again in those books, and that too with exulting ferocity; are we sure these things are facts? are we sure that the Creator of man commissioned those things to be done? Are we sure that the books that tell us so were written by his authority?”

Tags : Assassin Bible Command East Indies English Ferocity France Joseph Le Bon Joshua Moses No Mercy Robespierre Shocking The Bible
Author : Thomas Paine
Source : The Age of Reason

79. “Why this book? In today’s globalized world, it seems we forget things that happened only a decade ago. Thus, we repeat the mistakes of the past, unnecessarily.”

Tags : Chile English National Test
Source : The Chilean National English Test: The Years 2001 - 2014

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

Tags : Broken Democracy English Free Will Freedom Government Language Law Rules Slavery

81. “I'm English. We're about as tactful as a hot poker up the bum, most of the time.”

Tags : English Funny Giggles Humor
Author : L.H. Thomson
Source : The Antique Hunters

82. “Englishmen did not speak to strangers on trains ...”

Tags : Culture English Train
Author : Ken Follett
Source : The Man From St. Petersburg

83. “Delight is délice, délit is a misdemeanour''Well, it's bloody close...''Well, they often are....”

Tags : English Forbidden Fruit French Sin
Source : The Line of Beauty

84. “The lively oral storytelling scene in Scots and Gaelic spills over into the majority English-speaking culture, imbuing it with a strong sense of narrative drive that is essential to the modern novel, screenplay and even non-fiction.”

Tags : Culture English Gaelic Language Modern Narrative Non Fiction Novel Oral Storytelling Scots Screenplay Stories Storytelling
Author : Sara Sheridan

85. “BILL: I have not forsook my responsibilities!-BARBARA: It's "forsaken," big shot!BILL: Actually, "forsook" is also an acceptable usage!-BARBARA: Oh, "forsook" you and the horse you rose in on!”

Tags : English Forsaken Forsook
Author : Tracy Letts

86. “Theologians are to look to the _beyond_-community–– _beyond_ nationality; skin-color, gender; sexual orientation, citizenship, religious affiliation––because God, the Divine, who is the primary frame of reference for theologians, is for, with, in, among those individual human beings. It is to reaffirm the sheer truth: No one is better or worse, superior or inferior than any other; and, 'Ich bin du, wenn Ich Ich bin' [I am you, when Iam I.]”

Tags : Christianity Cosmopolitan Cosmopolitanism English Feminism Feminist Theology Feminist Theory German Religion Systematic Theology Theologians Theology
Author : Namsoon Kang
Source : Cosmopolitan Theology: Reconstituting Planetary Hospitality, Neighbor-Love, and Solidarity in an Uneven World

87. “Dad says there are more than three thousand letters in the Japanese alphabet, which could pose a problem. There are only twenty-six letters in the English alphabet, and I get into enough trouble with them as it is.”

Tags : Alphabet English Funny Japanese Language Tark Halloway
Author : Rin Chupeco
Source : The Girl from the Well

88. “Komandoo Nicolas Kahima Kankiriho ('Kahima the Warrior') alizaliwa katika Wilaya ya Bushenyi, Ankole, kusini-magharibi mwa Uganda, Julai 24, 1954, mtoto wa tano kuzaliwa, katika familia ya watoto sita ya Nicodemas Kankiriho; mzee wa heshima wa Wabaima, aliyekuwa akisifika sana kwa uchungaji (wa mifugo) na msisitizo mkali wa ukiristo kwa watoto wake wote; hasa Kahima na Yebare, binti yake wa pekee, aliyekuwa wa mwisho kuzaliwa.Kahima (futi 6 inchi 3 aliyekuwa akiongea Kinyankole, Kiswahili, Kiingereza na Kihispania kwa ufasaha), baada ya kutoka Uganda – kwa mafunzo ya mwanzo ya ukomandoo ya Kiisraeli – alikwenda Urusi na Korea ya Kaskazini ambako aliongeza ujuzi hadi kiwango cha juu kabisa; kabla ya kwenda Amerika ya Kusini, kama askari wa msituni wa vyama vya kisiasa visivyo rasmi vya magorila wa Kolombia.Akiwa Kolombia, Kahima alikutana na Eduardo Chapa de Christopher (kiongozi wa zamani wa Kateli ya Diablos de Amazonas, Mashetani wa Amazoni, iliyokuwa ikivilinda vyama vya kisiasa vya magorila vya Americas) ambaye alimwajiri kama mlinzi binafsi na baadaye kama mlinzi binafsi wa Carlos Pulecio Alcántara – kiongozi wa kwanza wa Kateli ya Kolonia Santita. Alcántara alipouwawa, Kahima alihamia kwa Panthera Tigrisi – Kiongozi Mkuu wa Kolonia Santita.”

Tags : Bodyguard Bushenyi Carlos Pulecio Alcántara Christianity Commando English Familia Guerrilla Soldiers Kahima Kankiriho Kiongozi Wa Kolonia Santita Kolonia Santita Korea Ya Kaskazini Kusini Magharibi Mwa Uganda Last Born Mlinzi Binafsi Nicodemas Kankiriho Nicolas Kahima Kankiriho Panthera Tigrisi Russia Southwest Uganda Swahili Uganda Ukiristo Yebare

89. “Children learn to speak Male or Female the way they learn to speak English or French.”

Tags : Children English Female French Learning Male
Source : Middlesex

90. “An Indian child is brought up in England, and he will speak both English and Hindi very well. English in school and Hindi at home. But here it’s English both in schools and at home. Why can’t you speak Swahili with your child at home? If this continues we will turn into an English speaking country.”

Tags : Child England English English Speaking Country Hindi Home Indian School Schools Speak Swahili Turn

91. “Globalization has shipped products at a faster rate than anything else; it’s moved English into schools all over the world so that now there is Dutch English and Filipino English and Japanese English. But the ideologies stay in their places. They do not spread like the swine flu, or through sexual contact. They spread through books and films and things of that nature. The dictatorships of Latin America used to ban books, they used to burn them, just like Franco did, like Pope Gregory IX and Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Now they don’t have to because the best place to hide ideologies is in books. The dictatorships are mostly gone—Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay. The military juntas. Our ideologies are not secrets. Even the Ku Klux Klan holds open meetings in Alabama like a church. None of the Communists are still in jail. You can buy Mao’s red book at the gift shop at the Museum of Communism. I will die soon, in the next five to ten years. I have not seen progress during my lifetime. Our lives are too short and disposable. If we had longer life expectancies, if we lived to 200, would we work harder to preserve life or, do you think that when Borges said, ‘Jews, Christians, and Muslims all profess belief in immortality, but the veneration paid to the first century of life is proof that they truly believe in only those hundred years, for they destine all the rest, throughout eternity, to rewarding or punishing what one did when alive,’ we would simply alter it to say ‘first two centuries’? I have heard people say we are living in a golden age, but the golden age has passed—I’ve seen it in the churches all over Latin America where the gold is like glue. The Middle Ages are called the Dark Ages but only because they are forgotten, because the past is shrouded in darkness, because as we lay one century of life on top of the next, everything that has come before seems old and dark—technological advances provide the illusion of progress. The most horrendous tortures carried out in the past are still carried out today, only today the soldiers don’t meet face to face, no one is drawn and quartered, they take a pill and silently hope a heart attack doesn’t strike them first. We are living in the age of dissociation, speaking a government-patented language of innocence—technology is neither good nor evil, neither progress nor regress, but the more advanced it becomes, the more we will define this era as the one of transparent secrets, of people living in a world of open, agile knowledge, oceans unpoliced—all blank faces, blank minds, blank computers, filled with our native programming, using electronic appliances with enough memory to store everything ever written invented at precisely the same moment we no longer have the desire to read a word of it.”

Tags : Books English Globalization Technology
Source : Abracadabrantesque

92. “All we can infer (from the archaeological shards dug up in Berkshire, Devon and Yorkshire) is that the first Britons, whoever they were and however they came, arrived from elsewhere. The land (Britain) was once utterly uninhibited. Then people came.”

Tags : Britain British England English Immigrants Migrants Oppression Race Relations Racism White Privilege
Author : Robert Winder
Source : Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain

93. “There comes a moment for all of us when our childhood ceases to be an excuse. In your case, I would say that, as with many English, the moment is somewhat delayed.”

Tags : Childhood England English Englishmen
Source : Absolute Friends

94. “Haydon was more than his model, he was his inspiration, the torch-bearer of a certain kind of English calling which - for the very reason that it was vague and understated and elusive - had made sense of Guillam's life till now.”

Tags : Behaviour Elusiveness English Englishmen Englishness Inspiration Understatement Vague Vagueness
Source : Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

95. “You Englishmen,’ said Herr Wurter. ‘You are all the same. Wherever you are you behave as if you were at home and your word was law.”

Tags : Crime Crime Ficiton Crime Thriller English Englishmen Humour
Author : Derek Raymond
Source : The Crust on Its Uppers

96. “Englishmen who came here had the spirit of close kinsmen in all they did; often were blood related and moved from place to place in clans strengthened by civic and ecclesiastical covenants.”

Tags : English Englishmen Family Religion

97. “Joe was so tired that he had slept through first hour Spanish, second hour history, and most of third hour English. The English teacher, Mrs. Lane, hadn't taken a liking to that. She decided to send Joe to the principal to discuss why he was so sleepy, which Joe hadn't taken a liking to.”

Tags : Average Joe Classroom English Humor School
Author : Belart Wright
Source : Average Joe and the Extraordinaires

98. “Think of my Pleasure in Solitude, in comparison of my commerce with the world - there I am a child - there they do not know me not even my most intimate acquaintance - I give into their feelings as though I were refraining from irritating a little child - Some think me middling, others silly, other foolish - every one thinks he sees my weak side against my will; when in thruth it is with my will - I am content to be thought all this because I have in my own breast so graet a resource. This is one great reason why they like me so; because they can all show to advantage in a room, and eclipese from a certain tact one who is reckoned to be a good Poet - I hope I am not here playing tricks 'to make the angels weep': I think not: for I have not the least contempt for my species; and though it may sound paradoxical: my greatest elevations of Soul leave me every time more humbled - Enough of this - though in your Love for me you will not think it enough.”

Tags : English Keats Poet Romanticism Solitude Sublime
Author : John Keats

99. “Words are instruments, they are tools that, in their different ways, are as effective as any sharp edge or violate chemical. They are, like coins, items of great value, but they represent a currency that, well spent, returns ever greater riches.”

Tags : English Inspirational Literature Power Of Words Words
Author : Tim Radford
Source : Address Book: Our Place in the Scheme of Things

100. “He would not mind hearing Petrus’s story one day. But preferably not reduced to English. More and more he is convinced that English is an unfit medium for the truth of South Africa.”

Tags : English Language South Africa
Author : J.M. Coetzee
Source : Disgrace

101. “We are all full of discourses that we only half understand and half mean.”

Tags : Discourse English Language Philosophical

102. “It's okay to be proud of your good English. But don't be proud of being poor at your Mother tongue. Only the scum of the earth do that.”

Tags : English Insult Mother Tongue Pride

103. “....they dressed for dinner and followed the strict discipline of upper class English families. The next morning they took me with them for the county fox hunt. Since I could not ride, I asked to be excused. But I did get to see the ritual of dress, the hierarchy observed among hunting types, the blowing of horns, the handling of beagles, a poor fox being run to death and having its tail (brush) cut off. Having achieved their object, glasses of sherry were passed round like prasad after a religious service.”

Tags : English Indian Culture Indian Fiction Manners
Source : Truth, Love and a Little Malice

104. “Mocho was a Spanish word that meant maimed or referred to something that had been lopped off like a stump. To call Homer el mocho was, essentially, to call him "Stumpy" or "the maimed one." It doesn't sound particularly flattering, but among Spanish speakers the giving of nicknames is tantamount to a declaration of love. Things that would sound insulting outright in English were tokens of deep affection when said in Spanish.”

Tags : Cats English Language Nicknames Spanish
Author : Gwen Cooper
Source : Homer's Odyssey

105. “Novembermemeliyin beni, My sweet November..Hep Decemberdeyim waiting for you..”

Tags : Cold December English Love November Turkish
Author : Mr.Nobody

106. “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul".”

Tags : Classic Literature Classics English English Literature Poetry

107. “Stop smiling as if we'd been acquainted with you for ages!" #VeronicaLedyanova. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Book Quotes Book Worm Books English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Lovequotes Passion Rome Russia Russian Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : OlgaGOA

108. “You are like a narcotic plant..." #TimothySvetlov. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Quotes Book Worm Books English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Lovequotes Passion Rome Russia Russian Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : OlgaGOA

109. “I want to forget myself in you..." #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Quotes Book Worm Books English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Lovequotes Passion Rome Russia Russian Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : OlgaGOA

110. “Finally, I would like to point out that now in the age of English, choosing a language policy is not the exclusive concern of non-English-speaking nations. It is also a concern for English-speaking nations, where, to realize the world’s diversity and gain the humility that is proper to any human being, people need to learn a foreign language as a matter of course. Acquiring a foreign language should be a universal requirement of compulsory education. Furthermore, English expressions used in international conferences should be regulated and standardized to some extent. Native English speakers need to know that to foreigners, Latinate vocabulary is easier to understand than what to the native speakers is easy, child-friendly language. At international conferences, telling jokes that none but native speakers can comprehend is inappropriate, even if fun. If native speakers of English – those who enjoy the privilege of having their mother tongue as the universal language – would not wait for others to protest but would take steps to regulate themselves, what respect they would earn from the rest of the world! If that is too much to ask, the rest of the world would appreciate it if they would at least be aware of their privileged position – and more important, be aware that the privilege is unwarranted. In this age of global communication, some language or other was bound to be come a universal language used in every corner of the world English became that language not because it is intrinsically more universal than other languages, but because through a series of historical coincidences it came to circulate ever more widely until it reached the tipping point. That’s all there is to it. English is an accidental universal language.If more English native speakers walked through the doors of other languages, they would discover undreamed-of landscapes. Perhaps some of them might then begin to think that the truly blessed are not they themselves, but those who are eternally condemned to reflect on language, eternally condemned to marvel at the richness of the world.”

Tags : English English Language English Language Imperialism Global Language Language Linguistic Imperialism Linguistics Universal Language
Source : The Fall of Language in the Age of English

111. “Annoyance has made me bilingual.”

Tags : Bilingual Culture English French Language Languages Learning
Author : Gayle Forman
Source : Just One Day

112. “Though we were forbidden to speak anything but French, the teacher would occasionally use us to practice any of her five fluent languages."I hate you," she said to me one afternoon. Her English was flawless. "I really, really hate you." Call me sensitive, but I couldn't help taking it personally.”

Tags : English French Humor Languages
Author : David Sedaris
Source : Me Talk Pretty One Day

113. “He was thirty-six years old, and six foot three. He spoke English to people and French to cats, and Latin to the birds. He had once nearly killed himself trying to read and ride a horse at the same time.”

Tags : Birds Cats English French Horseback Riding Horses Humor Humorous Introductions Latin Reading Reading Books Reading Books Humor
Source : Rooftoppers

114. “For Sayonara, literally translated, 'Since it must be so,' of all the good-bys I have heard is the most beautiful. Unlike the Auf Wiedershens and Au revoirs, it does not try to cheat itself by any bravado 'Till we meet again,' any sedative to postpone the pain of separation. It does not evade the issue like the sturdy blinking Farewell. Farewell is a father's good-by. It is - 'Go out in the world and do well, my son.' It is encouragement and admonition. It is hope and faith. But it passes over the significance of the moment; of parting it says nothing. It hides its emotion. It says too little. While Good-by ('God be with you') and Adios say too much. They try to bridge the distance, almost to deny it. Good-by is a prayer, a ringing cry. 'You must not go - I cannot bear to have you go! But you shall not go alone, unwatched. God will be with you. God's hand will over you' and even - underneath, hidden, but it is there, incorrigible - 'I will be with you; I will watch you - always.' It is a mother's good-by. But Sayonara says neither too much nor too little. It is a simple acceptance of fact. All understanding of life lies in its limits. All emotion, smoldering, is banked up behind it. But it says nothing. It is really the unspoken good-by, the pressure of a hand, 'Sayonara.”

Tags : Beauty Emotion English Farewell Father French German God Goodbyes Japanese Mother Spanish
Source : North to the Orient

115. “... as Eskimo language is to snow, so archaic English is to 'metal objects designed to cause harm'.”

Tags : Archaic English English Language Metal Snow Weapons
Source : You

116. “It seems like we ever met," said Oriash, and his words make the kids fell silent. "Ever ... and so far away from this time. I ever knew you!" he continued more seriously.”

Tags : Eldar English Tale
Author : K.A.Z. Violin
Source : Eldar: Violin & Negeri Salju Abadi

117. “I was not born with English in my pocket.”

Tags : Born English Funny Joke Language Pocket Unborn
Source : Conceptualizing and measuring human anxiety on the Internet

118. “After three years of English at Cambridge, being force-fed literary theory, I was almost convinced that literature was all coded messages about Marxism and the death of the self. I crawled out of the post-structuralist desert thirsty for heroines I could cry and laugh with. I was jaded. I craved trash.”

Tags : Book English English Major Heroines Humor
Source : How To Be a Heroine

119. “You can learn English online”

Tags : American English Lessons Teaching
Author : Brian Daniel

120. “Funny,’ Will said, as they picked their way through. ‘Things are absolutely awful and yet people look much happier than usual. Look at them all. Bubbling.’ ‘They are English,’ Merriman said. ‘Quite right,’ said Will’s father. ‘Splendid in adversity, tedious when safe. Never content, in fact. We’re an odd lot….”

Tags : English Humour The Dark Is Rising Truism
Author : Susan Cooper

121. “The rout, that dreary review of fashionable fineries, that parade of well-dressed self-infatuations, is one of those English inventions currently mechanifying the other nations. England seems determined to see the entire world bored just as she is, and just as bored as she.”

Tags : Balls England English
Source : The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

122. “Christian missions to India imply that India is a land of heathens, and, therefore, stands on the same level with the Andaman or the Fiji Islands. That a country which has been recognised in all ages the world over as the mother of all religions and the cradle of civilisation should be considered as pagan, shows how much ignorance prevails in Christendom. Since the Parliament of Religions, I have been studying Christian institutions, and I have also studied the way in which the Christian ministers and the missionaries are manufactured in this country, and have learned to pity them. We must not blame them too severely, because their education is too narrow to make them broad-minded. I grant that they are good-hearted, that they are good husbands and often fathers of large families, but generally they are very ignorant, especially of the history of civilisation and of the philosophy of religion of India. Most of them do not even know the history of ancient India.We know that in this age of competition, centralisation, and monopoly, very many people are forced out of business. The English say, 'The fool of the family goes into the Church'; so that when a youth is unable to make a living, he takes to missionary work, goes to India, and helps to introduce among the Hindus the doctrines of his church, which have long since been exploded by science.”

Tags : Christianity Church Close Minded Education English Heathens Hindu History Ignorance India Jainism Ministers Missionaries Pagan Philosophy Religion Science Study
Source : The Monist

123. “In the city, human beings celebrated and enjoyed material conditions and comforts, but were caught in the labyrinths and knots of spiritual shallowness and psychological confusion. In the city human beings wrestled with the demands of survival and profit but fled from life’s imperatives of honesty and moderation. In the city man was afraid to confront his own face.”

Tags : Alfian Sa At City Cultural Medallion English Isa Kamari Malay Novel Singapore Translation
Author : Isa Kamari
Source : The Tower

124. “For him, the kampung was a place to live and work that was based on a steadfast and intimate relationship between man and nature. The village was a true reflection of life in the tropics.”

Tags : Alfian Sa At City English Isa Kamari Kampong Malay Singapore The Tower Translation Urban Village
Author : Isa Kamari
Source : The Tower

125. “Everything has been planned. The ascent will be completed in two days’ time. He will climb another one hundred floors today. Another hundred the next day. He does not want to take the lift. The rush of life causes people to drown in the temporary. He wishes to dip into eternity before he leaves.”

Tags : Alfian Sa At Architect City English Isa Kamari Malay Singapore The Tower Translation Urban
Author : Isa Kamari
Source : The Tower

126. “He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.”

Tags : 1171 To 1832 English Novelist And Poet
Author : Walter Scott

127. “Irish and English are so widely separated in their mode of expression that nothing like a literal rendering from one language to the other is possible.”

Tags : Cultural Differences Culture English Gaeilge Irish Linguistics
Author : Robin Flower

128. “His wife had also studied art in her hometown, and she could paint, but depending on such work for her livelihood was just not possible. As far as appearances went, she was definitely a real beauty. When she was young, she looked a little like Gong Li, but now that she was middle-aged, she had put on weight and gradually taken on more of a bell-shaped look, resembling Li Siqin. But no matter what, a wife always looks better than her balding, broadbellied husband.”

Tags : Chinese Cultural Medallion English Fiction Gong Li Li Siqin Short Stories Singapore Translation
Source : Other Cities, Other Lives

129. “Pak Suleh recalled the atmosphere on his island of Pulau Sebidang, which had been ruled by his ancestors for more than a hundred years. Now it had been passed to foreign hands—whichever nation from whatever foreign world which had been claiming the island was theirs—such that he and his ancestors who had lived on that island for generation after generation had been chased away to live in these birdhouses. They had now inherited these congested breathing diseases.Why was it that he could no longer enjoy the wind which blows from the sea, which is very much one of God’s incomparable benevolences? He could no longer savour the swaying coconut trees, ketapang trees, beringin trees and other trees which whistled and murmured when caressed by the winds as their dried leaves fell onto the sand, mixed with red and white flowers scattered all over the pristine white beach, resembling the moving clouds on a wide piece of white paper.I have lost everything, thought Pak Suleh deep in his heart.”

Tags : Cultural Medallion English Malay Novel Penghulu Relocation Singapore Translation
Source : Penghulu

130. “There was once an abbot who had spent thirty-nine years alone in the temple with cats as his only companions. As someone who believed that faith and willpower could conquer any difficulty, the abbot began training newborn kittens, trying to turn the impossible into the possible. First he put the rattan hoop on the ground for the kittens to crawl through. Then he slowly raised the hoop little by little, day after day, month after month, and year after year. Years went by and the hoop was gradually raised until he finally succeeded in getting the cats to jump through the hoop. An unusual phenomenon occurred. When the kittens saw the older cats jump, they believed they could do it too and so, without much effort, they learned to jump easily through the hoop as well.”

Tags : Cat Chinese English Singapore Teacher Translation You Jin
Author : You Jin
Source : Teaching Cats to Jump Hoops

131. “I won't lie!Probably from books you have saw that I'm not good at English, probably because I don't live in such country which this language is important or let's say to be native. But as for now I can't do a lot of for that!”

Tags : Books English Grammar Mistakes More Not Good At Sucks Train
Author : Deyth Banger

132. “This year my goal will be to learn new vocabulary in English and to read as much as possible books.”

Tags : English Goal My Vocabulary
Author : Deyth Banger

133. “It was English, and the wych-elm that she saw from the window was an English tree. No report had prepared her for its peculiar glory. It was neither warrior, nor lover, nor god; in none of these roles do the English excel. It was a comrade, bending over the house, strength and adventure in its roots, but in its utmost fingers tenderness, and the girth, that a dozen men could not have spanned, became in the end evanescent, till pale bud clusters seemed to float in the air.”

Tags : England English Tree
Author : E.M. Forster
Source : Howards End

134. “The English language is the tongue now current in England and her colonies throughout the world and also throughout the greater part of the United States of America. It sprang from the German tongue spoken by the Teutons, who came over to Britain after the conquest of that country by the Romans. These Teutons comprised Angles, Saxons, Jutes and several other tribes from the northern part of Germany. They spoke different dialects, but these became blended in the new country, and the composite tongue came to be known as the Anglo-Saxon which has been the main basis for the language as at present constituted and is still the prevailing element.”

Tags : Angles Britain English German Jutes Language Romans Saxons Teutons United States
Author : Joseph Devlin
Source : How to Speak and Write Correctly

135. “Love is simple, if you allow it to be simple." Julian to Hannah, Take A Chance”

Tags : Chick Lit Chinese England English Funny Love Multicultural Romance Romantic Comedy
Author : Alison Wong

136. “Anyone watching her would have thought her cold, indifferent, but this was the only way she knew to tackle her deepest troubles, to shoo them aside as if they were a cloud of summer gnats, and deal with the task at hand brusquely and efficiently. Hannah always thought of it as her mother's Englishness, that ability to equalize problems so that a scuffed shoe and an impending disaster were almost equally distasteful, but both were born with aplomb.”

Tags : Elegant English Regal
Source : Love by the Morning Star

137. “English:Ô, take this eager dance you fool, don’t brandish your stick at me. I have several reasons to travel on, on to the endless sea: I have lost my love. I’ve drunk my purse. My girl has gone, and left me rags to sleep upon. These old man’s gloves conceal the hands with which I’ve killed but one!Francais: Idiot, prends cette danse ardente, au lieu de tendre ton bâton.J'en ai des raisons de voyager encore sur la mer infinie: J'ai perdu l'amour et j'ai bu ma bourse.Ma belle m'a quitté, j'ai ses haillons pour m'abriter. Mes gants de vieillard cachent les mains d'un fameux assassin!”

Tags : English Francais Payne Poesie Poetry Roman Roman Payne The Basement Trains
Author : Roman Payne
Source : The Basement Trains

138. “A word Gorgeous is much sexier than a word Beautiful”

Tags : Beauty English General Humor Thinking Outside Of The Box
Author : Rahul

139. “He had a voice you couldn't miss: strong and penetrating with strange vowels that sounded different from the accents of other English speakers even to me. I later discovered that he was Canadian.”

Tags : Accents English Speech
Source : Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

140. “You have already achieved the English-Language poet's most important goal: you can read, Write and speak English well enough to understand this sentence.”

Tags : English Language Structure Poetry Stephen Fry The Ode Less Travelled
Author : Stephen Fry
Source : The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

141. “"Still, not to be English is hardly regarded as a fatal deficiency even by the English, though grave enough to warrant sympathy.”

Tags : Deficiencies English Nationality Pride
Author : Beryl Markham
Source : West with the Night

142. “Excuse me, I must go and putt”

Tags : Aristocrat British Comedy English English Society Golf Putt Putting
Source : Doctor Sally

143. “More recently, during a debate in the House of Lords in 1978 one of the members said: "If there is a more hideous language on the face of the earth than the American form of English, I should like to know what it is." (We should perhaps bear in mind that the House of Lords is a largely powerless, nonelective institution. It is an arresting fact of British political life that a Briton can enjoy a national platform and exalted status because he is the residue of an illicit coupling 300 years before between a monarch and an orange seller.)”

Tags : British English Humor Politics
Author : Bill Bryson
Source : The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

144. “I remember the very day, sometime during the first two weeks of my five-year amorous sojourn in Brutland, when I was made privy to one of the most arcane of their utterings. The time was ripe for that major epiphany, my initiation into the sacred knowledge—or should I say gnosis?—of that all-important, quintessentially Brutish slang term, the word that endless hours of scholastic education by renowned mentors, plus years of scrupulous scrutiny into scrofulous texts, had disappointingly failed to impart to me, leaving me with that deep sense of emptiness begotten by hemimathy; the time was finally ripe for me to be transported by the velvety feel of the unvoiced palato-alveolar fricative, the élan of the unpronounceable and masochistically hedonistic front open-rounded vowel, and, last but not least, the (admittedly short) ejaculatory quality of the voiced velar stop: all three of them combined together to form that miraculous lexical item, the word shag.”

Tags : Anthropology Britain British English Humor Sex Sexuality
Author : Spiros Doikas
Source : No Sex Please, We're Brutish!: The Exploits of a Greek Student in Britain

145. “Carlyle's genius was many-sided. He touched and ennobled the national life at all points. He lifted a whole generation of young men out of the stagnating atmosphere of materialism and dead orthodoxy into the region of the ideal. With the Master of Balliol, we believe that 'no English writer has done more to elevate and purify our ideas of life and to make us conscious that the things of the spirit are real, and that in the last resort there is no other reality.”

Tags : Carlyle English Genius Materialism Purify Reality Thomas Carlyle
Source : Thomas Carlyle Famous Scots Series

146. “Sir, — Whether women are the equals of men has been endlessly debated; whether they have souls has been a moot point; but can it be too much to ask [for a definitive acknowledgement that at least they are animals?… Many hon. members may object to the proposed Bill enacting that, in statutes respecting the suffrage, 'wherever words occur which import the masculine gender they shall be held to include women;' but could any object to the insertion of a clause in another Act that 'whenever the word "animal" occur it shall be held to include women?' Suffer me, thorough your columns, to appeal to our 650 [parliamentary] representatives, and ask — Is there not one among you then who will introduce such a motion? There would then be at least an equal interdict on wanton barbarity to cat, dog, or woman… Yours respectfully, AN EARNEST ENGLISHWOMAN”

Tags : English Equality Feminism Feminist Human Humanity Letter Social Justice Status
Author : Joanna Bourke
Source : What It Means To Be Human

147. “English is not merely a language anymore; it has become a way of life for millions of non-native English speakers around the world.”

Tags : English Language Life Native Speakers World

148. “You would be amazed by how I can torture the English language. I am an abusive lover.”

Tags : Abusive English Language Lover
Source : Danse Macabre (Night's Dream, #2)

149. “She would speak her story in Spanish and la señora Maureen would tell hers in English; it was obvious to her that the two languages did not carry equal weight.”

Tags : English Language Privilege Spanish
Author : Héctor Tobar
Source : The Barbarian Nurseries

150. “You've got something that I don't have. Innocence. Ur eyes express it, & I can read everything in them". #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Quotes Books Bookworm English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Love Quotes Passion Rome Russia Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : Olga Goa

151. “I've become too responsible since I met you..." #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Quotes Bookworm English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Love Quotes Passion Rome Russia Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : OlgaGOA

152. “I don't know what you have thought of. Everyone thinks to the extent of his depravity..." #HenriettaLedyanova. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Book Quotes Book Worm English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Love Quotes Passion Quote Quotes Rome Russia Russian Literature Saintpetersberg
Author : OlgaGOA

153. “Although I think the word "pleasure" is unknown to you. More precisely, its practical meaning". #MilanoVeneziani. #ItalianPassion”

Tags : Book Quotes Bookworm English Italian Italian Literature Italy Love Love Quotes Passion Rome Russia Russian Literature Saintpetersburg
Author : Olga Goa

154. “Peter held up the book he had been reading: 'Moby-Dick; or, The Whale'."To tell you the truth, I'm not even sure this is English," Peter said. "It's taken me most of today to get through a page.”

Tags : Book English Moby Dick Reading
Author : Justin Cronin
Source : The Passage

155. “And so we went. And so it went. And, slowly, I began to learn: speaking in the same language does not equal communication, especially when there is a cultural divide.”

Tags : Asia Chinese English Language Memoir Southeast Asia Taiwan Teachers Teaching Travel Travel Writing
Author : Gerry Abbey
Source : Cheers, Beers, and Eastern Promise

156. “We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.”

Tags : America Britain English
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : The Canterville Ghost

157. “The larger an English industry was, the more likely it was to go bankrupt, because the English were not naturally corporate people; they disliked working for others and they seemed to resent taking orders. On the whole, directors were treated absurdly well, and workers badly, and most industries were weakened by class suspicion and false economies and cynicism. But the same qualities that made English people seem stubborn and secretive made them, face to face, reliable and true to their word. I thought: The English do small things well and big things badly.”

Tags : Britain Character Class English Industry Work
Author : Paul Theroux
Source : The Kingdom by the Sea

158. “I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”

Tags : English Ignoring The Rules Narrative Prose Rules Writing

159. “What is above all needed is to let the meaning choose the word, and not the other way around. In prose, the worst thing you can do with words is to surrender to them.”

Tags : English Language Non Fictional Political Language Politics Prose
Author : George Orwell
Source : Politics and the English Language

160. “Susie: Hi Calvin! Aren't you excited about going to school? Look at all these great school supplies I got! I love having new notebooks and stuff!Calvin:All I've got to say is they're not making me learn any foreign languages. If English is good enough for me, then by golly, it's good enough for the rest of the world! Everyone should just speak English or shut up, that's what I say!Susie: You should maybe check the chemical content of your breakfast cereal.”

Tags : English Humor School
Source : The Revenge of the Baby-Sat

161. “I can read. A little. I kind of protested it in School(TM). On the grounds that the silent 'E' is stupid.”

Tags : English Reading School Silent E
Author : M.T. Anderson
Source : Feed

162. “Oh, the English! They are always thinking of tea. They carry it by the kilogram, and they are so clumsy that they always pack it at the top.”

Tags : Classic English Tea
Author : E.M. Forster
Source : Where Angels Fear to Tread

163. “A traditional Englishman drinks tea to the point where his blood has long-since been replaced with an infusion of Ceylon, Assam, and Darjeeling.”

Tags : Assam Ceylon Darjeeling Drinking English Tea Tea Drinking
Author : Fennel Hudson
Source : A Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

164. “The English novels are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. But one should not be too severe on them. They show a want of knowledge that must be the result of years of study.”

Tags : English Humor Knowledge Novels
Author : Oscar Wilde

165. “Speak English!" said the Eaglet. "I don't know the meaning of half those long words, and, what's more, I don't believe you do either!" And the Eaglet bend down its head to hide a smile: some of the other birds tittered audibly.”

Tags : Alice In Wonderland English Language Mocking Speech Wonderland
Author : Lewis Carroll
Source : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

166. “Correct spelling, correct punctuation, correct grammar. Hundreds of rules for itsy-bitsy people. No one could remember all that stuff and concentrate on what he was trying to write about. It was all table manners, not derived from any sense of kindness or decency or humanity, but originally from an egotistic desire to look like gentlemen and ladies. Gentlemen and ladies had good table manners and spoke and wrote grammatically. It was what identified one with the upper classes. In Montana, however, it didn’t have this effect at all. It identified one, instead, as a stuck-up Eastern ass.”

Tags : English Grammar Montana Rules Of English Language Writing
Source : Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

167. “Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly. It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great.Consider the contrast between the well-bred, polite man who knows how to choose and use his words correctly and the underbred, vulgar boor, whose language grates upon the ear and jars the sensitiveness of the finer feelings. The blunders of the latter, his infringement of all the canons of grammar, his absurdities and monstrosities of language , make his very presence a pain, and one is glad to escape from his company.The proper grammatical formation of the English language , so that one may acquit himself as a correct conversationalist in the best society or be able to write and express his thoughts and ideas upon paper in the right manner, may be acquired in a few lessons.”

Tags : English Intelligence Politeness Speaking Well Bred
Author : Joseph Devlin
Source : How to Speak and Write Correctly

168. “One knows so well the popular idea of health: the English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the unbeatable.”

Tags : English Health Humor
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man

169. “Lust and the English make no sense to me.”

Tags : English Lust
Author : Paul Monette
Source : Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

170. “The house was left; the house was deserted. It was left like a shell on a sandhill to fill with dry salt grains now that life had left it. The long life seemed to have set in; the trifling airs, nibbling, the clammy breaths, fumbling, seemed to have triumphed. ..”

Tags : Desert English Loneliness Quote
Source : To the Lighthouse

171. “Libraries are always bigger on the inside because every book has an entire word inside of it.”

Tags : Books English English Literature Librarians Libraries Reading School Library Schools
Author : Robert Arger

172. “Greek is a wonderfully rich and expressive language, which makes it one of the harder of the European tongues to learn. The active vocabulary is much bigger than other European languages. The constructions and the different endings are not easy to master, especially if you are an English speaker.”

Tags : English Greek Language
Author : John Mole
Source : It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina--and Real Greeks

173. “The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.”

Tags : English Goethe Language Language Understanding Vocabulary Words

174. “Are you one of those people who uses words more for the sound than for the sense of them?”

Tags : English Intellect Knowledge Language Meanings Odd Thomas Rodion Romanovich Words
Author : Dean Koontz

175. “To this day, good English usually means the English wealthy and powerful people spoke a generation or two ago.”

Tags : English History Language Usage
Author : Jack Lynch
Source : The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English, from Shakespeare to South Park

176. “कंदर्प अगणित अमित छवी नव नील नीरज सुन्दरम।पट्पीत मानहु तडित रूचि शुचि नौमी जनक सुतावरम॥To Sri Ram, whose beauty is incomparable, I am bowing,His body like a newly formed dense blue cloud I am seeing,His shining yellow robes over his body are like lightening,He is the consort of Janak’s daughter his beauty is gleaming.”

Tags : Chant English God Hindu Hinduism Lord Misra Munindra Ram Rhyme Sri Stuti
Source : Chants of Hindu Gods and Godesses in English Rhyme

177. “It may be a silly way, but if you remember that an owl looks like ʌ(OO)ʌ, it will perhaps help you remember that it is pronounced with something close to 'ʌoo'.”

Tags : English Foreign Language Language Learning Linguistics Pronunciation
Author : Jakub Marian
Source : Improve your English pronunciation and learn over 500 commonly mispronounced words

178. “Remember that lettuce doesn’t grow on a spruce; and it also doesn’t rhyme with it.”

Tags : English Foreign Language Language Learning Linguistics Pronunciation
Author : Jakub Marian
Source : Improve your English pronunciation and learn over 500 commonly mispronounced words

179. “Ho ho ho, tell me why you are not at home' is something Santa Claus could ask you if you stayed in a hotel over Christmas. It is most certainly not the reason why it is called 'hotel', but it will hopefully help you remember that the stress is actually on the second syllable.”

Tags : English Foreign Language Language Learning Linguistics Pronunciation
Author : Jakub Marian
Source : Improve your English pronunciation and learn over 500 commonly mispronounced words

180. “Of village: it is not called so because its inhabitants are of higher age on average; in fact, there is no connection between the words “village” and “age” whatsoever.”

Tags : English Foreign Language Language Learning Linguistics Pronunciation
Author : Jakub Marian
Source : Improve your English pronunciation and learn over 500 commonly mispronounced words

181. “Mrs. Todds my English teacher gives an automatic F if anyone ever writes "I woke up and it was all a dream" at the end of a story. She says it violates the deal between reader and writer, that it's a cop-out, it's the Boy Who Cried Wolf. But every single morning we really do wake up and it really was all a dream.”

Tags : Dreaming Dreams English Reading Writing
Source : Slade House

182. “The sound of an English accent distracted her and lifted her spirits. She associated English accents with singing teapots, schools for witchcraft, and the science of deduction.”

Tags : Accent English
Author : Joe Hill

183. “But I am a storyteller, and that involves language, for me the English language, that wonderfully rich, complex, and ofttimes confusing tongue. When language is limited, I am thereby diminished, too.”

Tags : English Language Storytelling Words Writing
Source : Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

184. “No," I replied testily. "I'm pretty sure 'digital' is Latin for 'fingeral,' so finger cancer equals digital cancer. This is all basic anatomy, Dr. Roland." The Dr. Roland told me that he thought I was overreacting, and the "fingeral" wasn't even a real word. Then I told him that I though he was underreacting, probably because he's embarrassed that he doesn't know how Latin works. Then he claimed that "underrecating" isn't a word either. The man has a terrible bedside manner.”

Tags : English Grammar Humor Humor Language
Author : Jenny Lawson
Source : Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

185. “It does not matter what you write in English nobody has understood it anyway.”

Tags : English Write

186. “If water was beer I'd be a teetotaler”

Tags : English Funny Humor Humour Philosophical Pub Talk Wit
Source : Philosophical Uplifting Quotes and Poems

187. “Bad people? What kind of bad people? Members of the Church of Satan? Insurance salesmen? People who don’t speak English?”

Tags : Bad People English Foreign Language Insurance Salesmen Michael Trent People Satan Satanism Satanists
Source : Ashes to Ashes: Screenplay

188. “We were supposed to be an English literature class, but Miss Nesbitt used literature to teach real life. She said she didn't have time to teach us like a regular English teacher--we were too far behind. Instead, she taught us the world through literature.”

Tags : English High School Literature Teaching
Source : Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

189. “He comments on how amazing it is that everything in the universe can be described by the twenty-six written characters with which they have been working.”

Tags : American Alphabet English Insight Language Observations Wonder
Source : Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

190. “Jace rolled his eyes. “It’s fascinating,” he said. “You know all these words, and they’re all English, but when you string them together into sentences, they just don’t make any sense.”(Jace, to Simon)”

Tags : English Humor Sentences
Source : City of Fallen Angels

191. “It's not entirely absurd to think that somewhere in the past of mankind someone, for the first time, did in his mind the equivalent of putting an adjective to a noun, and saw, not only a relationship, but this special relationship between two things of different kinds....In sum, all the seemingly complicated kinds of modification in English are just ways of thinking and seeing how things go with each other or reflect each other. Modifiers in our language are not aids to understanding relationships; they are the ways to understand relationships. A mistake in this matter either comes from or causes a clouded mind. Usually it's both.”

Tags : English Modifiers Thinking Thought Words
Source : Less Than Words Can Say

192. “There is nothing intrinsic in the English language that made it attain such prominence. It is far from easy to learn. (A recent study found that it takes much longer for an infant to learn English than, for example, Spanish; the world would indeed have been better off if Spanish had become the universal language.)”

Tags : Difficulty English Spanish Universal Language
Source : The Fall of Language in the Age of English

193. “Education has all the vowels in English. Unquestionably, it is not the only word.”

Tags : Education English Unquestionable

194. “We gave you a perfectly good language and you f***ed up.”

Tags : Americanisms English Language
Author : Stephen Fry

195. “Whenever I write a paragraph in English, I first check it with the Google Translator, and most often it says no language detected.”

Tags : Detected English Google Translator Grammar Language Paragraph

196. “In high school, we barely brushed against Ogden Nash, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, or any of the other so-unserious writers who delight everyone they touch. This was, after all, a very expensive and important school. Instead, I was force-fed a few of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, although the English needed translation, the broad comedy and wrenching drama were lost, and none of the magnificently dirty jokes were ever explained. (Incidentally, Romeo and Juliet, fully appreciated, might be banned in some U.S. states.) This was the Concordance again, and little more. So we'd read all the lines aloud, resign ourselves to a ponderous struggle, and soon give up the plot completely.”

Tags : English Learning Reading Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare Trivia
Author : Bob Harris
Source : Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!

197. “Remember BarbaraIt rained all day on Brest that dayAnd you walked smilingFlushed enraptured streaming-wetIn the rainRemember BarbaraIt rained all day on Brest that dayAnd I ran into you in Siam StreetYou were smilingAnd I smiled tooRemember BarbaraYou whom I didn't knowYou who didn't know meRememberRemember that day stillDon't forgetA man was taking cover on a porchAnd he cried your nameBarbaraAnd you ran to him in the rainStreaming-wet enraptured flushedAnd you threw yourself in his armsRemember that BarbaraAnd don't be mad if I speak familiarlyI speak familiarly to everyone I loveEven if I've seen them only onceI speak familiarly to all who are in loveEven if I don't know themRemember BarbaraDon't forgetThat good and happy rainOn your happy faceOn that happy townThat rain upon the seaUpon the arsenalUpon the Ushant boatOh BarbaraWhat shitstupidity the warNow what's become of youUnder this iron rainOf fire and steel and bloodAnd he who held you in his armsAmorouslyIs he dead and gone or still so much aliveOh BarbaraIt's rained all day on Brest todayAs it was raining beforeBut it isn't the same anymoreAnd everything is wreckedIt's a rain of mourning terrible and desolateNor is it still a stormOf iron and steel and bloodBut simply cloudsThat die like dogsDogs that disappearIn the downpour drowning BrestAnd float away to rotA long way offA long long way from BrestOf which there's nothing left.”

Tags : Barbara English Jacques Poetry Prevert

198. “I still have enough faith in language to believe that if I place enough words next to each other on the page, they will start to speak with sounds of their own.”

Tags : Dexter Palmer Dream Of Perpetual Motion English Language The Written Word Writing
Author : Dexter Palmer
Source : The Dream of Perpetual Motion

199. “The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it.”

Tags : English Grammar Language

200. “Trevor realized that the odd thing about English is that no matter how much you screw sequences word up up, you understood, still, like Yoda, will be. Other languages don't work that way. French? Dieu! Misplace a single le or la and an idea vaporizes into a sonic puff. English is flexible: you can jam it into a Cuisinart for an hour, remove it, and meaning will still emerge.”

Tags : English Grammar Language Syntax Words
Source : Generation A