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The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms. James F. Cooper
Say, some … that it is impossible to translate the scripture into English, some that it is not lawful for the lay people to have it in their mother tongue, some that it would make them all heretics — as it would no doubt from many things which they of long time have falsely taught, and that is the whole cause wherefore they forbid it, though they other cloaks pretend. And some, or rather every one, say that it would make them rise against the King… William Tyndale
I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that drives the plough to know more of the Scripture, than he does. William Tyndale
It is not easy to write a familiar style. Many people mistake a familiar for a vulgar style, and suppose that to write without affectation is to write at random. On the contrary, there is nothing that requires more precision, and, if I may so say, purity of expression, than the style I am speaking of. It utterly rejects not only all unmeaning pomp, but all low, cant phrases, and loose, unconnected, slipshod allusions. It is not to take the first word that offers, but the best word in common use; it is not to throw words together in any combinations we please, but to follow and avail ourselves of the true idiom of the language. William Hazlitt
A nation without a language is a nation without a heart. Welsh Proverb
The Sami, as an indigenous people, as well as the Roma and other groups, have the right to maintain and develop their own language and culture. Finland
Language remains a formidable frontier in the legacy of slavery. Jim Lehrer
Freedom Fries Freedom Toast Walter B. Jones
When Christopher Columbus went to America, in what language did he speak with the Indians? It is said that the language they spoke with the Indians – and I have indisputable documentation of this at home... The intellectuals among the Indians spoke Arabic. He took two Arabs with him, to serve as interpreters between the Spaniards and the Indians. He took two of them as translators. So you can imagine the historic and cultural value of Arabic. It's undoubtedly very important. Abd Al-Karim Fadhlallah
Citizens of Canada of whom any child has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in English or French in Canada, have the right to have all their children receive primary and secondary school instruction in the same language. Canada
English and French are the official languages of Canada and have equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and government of Canada. Canada
The spread of the language is brought about by commerce and armies. Anonymous
It is a dangerous thing for the educated classes of important countries not to speak foreign languages. We are heading into an era of greater mutual incomprehension among peoples, when demographic trends are destabilizing many countries, when Latin America is economically unstable, when communist societies are unstable, when we may be on the edge of chaos. Maurice Allais
It is a thing plainly repugnant to the word of God and the custom of the primitive Church, to have public prayer in the Church, or to minister the sacraments in a tongue not understanded of the people. Anglican Church
They don't suffer. They can't even speak English. George F. Baer
Montreal is more Canadian and more British than Toronto. Toronto is more Canadian and more British than Winnipeg. Why? Because at Quebec thanks to the preponderance of the French language, you are better protected from the American invasion ... Henry Bourassa
We quarrel with no man for being a foreigner, but we recognize the moral right in no class of American citizens to train up their children to be foreigners, and then to claim for them all the rights, franchises, and immunities of American citizens. Orestes Augustus Brownson
Insist on one language. English for all Americans. Pat Buchanan
Unless you speak English and read well, you'll never be a first-class citizen ... but when you say "official," that becomes a racial slur. Barbara Bush
English is the lingua franca of world business, the key to clinching deals from Hong King to Toronto. George W. Bush
If a child cannot speak English the first day at school, that child is not ready to learn. Lauro F. Calvazos
The gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance and it may well some day become the foundation of a common citizenship. Winston Churchill
We deny in the most positive language that this is an Anglo-Saxon nation. We deny that England is the mother country, and we deny that the great progress and achievements of this country have been brought about solely through the efforts and influence of the Puritans.... All Europe is our mother, not England. Mathew Cummings
The Quebec government ought to require respect by law for the French language in the names of companies and in their advertising ... Manufacturers and big trading companies must at some time rather appear before the government to be registered or to be legally recognized. That's the time the government should lie in wait for them. Give yourselves French names, advertise yourselves in French, " we don't know you," it can say. Jean Paul Desbiens; Frere Untel
For the benefit of those who are not bilingual, I will now continue in English. John G. Diefenbaker
Canada was conceived of by men of two different equally rich cultures, of two distinctive communities. Bilingualism and biculturalism are facts of Canadian life and should not be hidden or avoided. They're important, even vital to Canada as a nation, but they’re assets, not liabilities, positive factors, not negative ones. John G. Diefenbaker
English should be acknowledged once and for all as the official language of the United States. Bob Dole
Those who have reflected on the powerful influence of language on thought will perceive in how different a manner people who speak in different languages are apt to think. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
The English language is the law of the people of the United States. Charles Henry Grosvenor
I'm against the idea of force-feeding all of Canada on two languages. Joe Fratesi
Language is at the root of Quebec nationalism. Lysiane Gagnon
The whole earth was of one language and one speech. Book of Genesis
They say that immigrants don’t speak English. So? Who cares. Even the Irish learned English after a while. Jacob Hornberger
Rapid acquisition of English should be the paramount goal of any immigrant language instruction program. Shirley Hufstedler
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: The official language of the state of Illinois shall hereafter be known as the "American" language and not as the "English" language. State of Illinois
William the Conqueror had so great an abhorrence of the English language, that he commanded all the laws and law-proceedings to be in French; and even the children in school were taught the first elements of grammar and letters in French and not in English. Ingulphus
Languages are the pedigrees of nations. Samuel Johnson
Requiring this kneeling down of all languages before French is sheer linguistic imperialism. William Johnson
It is asked of me that I give my first speech in this house in a language [English] other than my mother tongue [French.] …. Even if I knew English as intimately as I knew French, I would still give my first speech in the language of my French Canadian compatriots Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine
It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual, but it is a curse for a society to be bilingual… A society must be able to talk amongst itself. Richard Lamm
I didn't move to Miami to live in a Spanish-speaking province. Mark A. LaPorta
We of French origin have the sentiment of our own individuality. We want to hand down to our children the language we received from our forefathers. Wilfrid Laurier
Letters and other characters—alphabets, syllabaries, signs and codes—hold nations together. Jill Lepore
We will never have "a" Chicano English or Spanish because of regional differences. But I think that because of our bilingual history, we'll always be speaking a special kind of English and Spanish. What we do have to do is fight for the right to use those two languages in the way that it serves us. Ana Castillo
The illiteracy test will bear most heavily upon the Italians, Russians, Poles, Hungarians, Greeks, and Asiatics, and very lightly, or not at all, upon English-speaking emigrants and Germans, Scandinavians, and French. In other words, the races most affected by the illiteracy test are those…with which the English-speaking people have never hitherto assimilated, and who are the most alien to the great body of the people of the United States. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
A common language is critical to cohesion and national identity in an ethnically diverse society Amy L. Chua
You cannot have one or two million immigrants a year and still have English as the only official language of the country. Roy Beck
Miami is America’s most diverse city… We have 140 languages we speak.. Manny Diaz
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The basis of any independent government is a national language, and we can no longer continue aping our former colonizers ... those who feel they cannot do without English can as well pack up and go. Jomo Kenyatta
In Canada and abroad, the linguistic policy of Quebec is too often negatively perceived. The business community and the media in particular know it very little. For their part, the Americans remain opposed to a legislation that appears to them to reduce individual liberties and limit the use of English. For them, language and culture are two separate elements, they do not see how the protection of Quebec culture also includes the protection of the French language, even though 35 American States have adopted declarations proclaiming English the official language. Thus, must be developed the perception that Quebec culture is a part of the North-American heritage and that it is necessary to preserve it. It is also important to correct the erroneous perceptions regarding the Quebec language policy and its application Estates-General on the Situation and Future of the French Language in Quebec
Let's see to it that our children, our young people, learn English. S. I. Hayakawa
The Constitution was actually published in two languages in 1787: English and German. Raymond Smock
If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it ought to be good enough for the children of Texas. Miriam A. Ferguson
Latin America must follow the education model, that allows children to handle the English language from a very early age. Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala
Speakers of English love to invent and reinvent the language. John Morse
They [the Americans] certainly are not great writers, but they speak their country's language and they make themselves heard. Alexis de Tocqueville
Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless audacity came to be considered the courage of a loyal ally; prudent hesitation, specious cowardice; moderation was held to be a cloak for unmanliness; ability to see all sides of a question, inaptness to act on any. Frantic violence became the attribute of manliness; cautious plotting, a justifiable means of self-defense. The advocate of extreme measures was always trustworthy; his opponent a man to be suspected. To succeed in a plot was to have a shrewd head, to divine a plot a still shrewder; but to try to provide against having to do either was to break up your party and to be afraid of your adversaries. Thucydides
Mutual understanding would be immensely facilitated by the use of one universal tongue. But which shall it be, is the great question. At present it looks as if the English might be adopted as such Nikola Tesla
When California passes a law saying that English is the official language, it can only mean one thing: That English is no longer the official language. Carlos Fuentes
Language, especially in this country is a daily plebiscite. Paul Dickson
The American language should be descriptive rather than proscriptive. Noah Webster
Gag Rule John Quincy Adams
Invisible government Theodore Roosevelt
Shovel Ready Barack Obama
Loose cannon Theodore Roosevelt
Iffy Franklin D. Roosevelt
Caucus John Adams
belittle Thomas Jefferson
Squatter James Madison
The Queen takes this occasion of repeating her hope that Gaelic will be taught in future in the Highland schools, as well as English, as it is really a great mistake that the people should be constantly talking a language which they often cannot read and generally not write. Being very partial to her loyal and good Highlanders, the Queen takes much interest in what she thinks will tend more than anything to keep up their simplicity of character, which she considers a great merit in these days. The Queen thinks equally that Welsh should be taught in Wales as well as English. Queen Victoria
French, though now spoken in all the Courts of Europe, cannot lay claim either to the conciseness, purity or strength of expression to be found in the English; its softness may suit the disposition of those who are born slaves, but it is neither suitable to the free and manly sentiments of English Kings or English Subjects. Daniel Penning
Man is multiplied by the number of languages he possesses and speaks. Jose Rizal
Every nation has its own language as well as its own temperament. Voltaire; Francois-Marie
Languages are not owned by nations but by the people who use them and make them live. Abdourahman A. Waberi
Nations … robbed each other in English, and fooled each other in French James Connolly
Globalization has brought a proliferation of such environments, so that even monolinguals must increasingly learn to live and act multilingually. Michael Erard
Language is an instrument of development and struggle. Different nations have different languages. The interests of the proletariat of all Russia demand that the proletarians of the different nationalities inhabiting Russia shall have full right to use the language in which it is easiest for them to receive education, in which they can best oppose their enemies at meetings or in public, state and other institutions. That language is the native language. Joseph Stalin
English language training is one of the primary preconditions and instruments to provide the implementation of Armenia's Armed Forces reforms. Mikael Harutyunyan
A nation is not a linguistic unit. The English-speaking peoples, whether under the Union Jack or not, are, with one exception, not English; neither are the German-speaking Swiss and Austrians German, nor the French-speaking Swiss and Belgians and Canadians French. Alfred Eckhard Zimmern
The English-Speaking race will dominate the earth a hundred years from now, if the sections do not get to fighting with each other. Mark Twain
Counter-Productive Dwight D. Eisenhower
Before we can finalize our plans … Dwight D. Eisenhower
Those [German immigrants] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own nation …. They will soon so out-number us … that we will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious. Benjamin Franklin
R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) Karel Capek
When I first came to this country I could not speak English. Now I get paid to write it. Julia Ioffe
The word scientist was coined in 1834, as the sciences were becoming professionalized and specialized Andrea Wulf
American politics’ many military metaphors—the standard-bearer rallied the troops, telling the rank-and-file that this was a do-or-die campaign—testified to this intensity of party activity, not just party affiliation. Gil Troy
I will be able to come to Washington, God willing and the Creek don’t rise. Benjamin Hawkins