Compatible Quotes: Language

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words. — George Eliot

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. — George Orwell

What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same. — Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

I wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone is using theirs? — Beryl Pfizer

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  1. Michael R. Marano says

    “What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.” — Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
    Untrue! Words change, too, or else Beowulf, or even snippets of Shakespeare, would be as easy to understand in its original form as any article in a current daily newspaper.
    Grimm’s Law, and later Verner’s Law, explain these linguistic effects.

  2. Glenn Howard says

    Simple words spelled with four or five letters, right? Straight from those mother truckers? Guess my thought’s been corrupted…