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Look at the coded language the Right is using against President Barack Obama. Openly calling him a liar in Congress, saying he is 'not a Christian, he was not born here, he is not one of us.' That makes addressing such issues trickier for the first African-American in the White House.
On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!
I did my first movie, 'The Mambo Kings,' in America without speaking the language. I learned the lines phonetically. I had an interpreter actually just to understand directions from my director.
Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
Alfred North Whitehead
Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
Alfred North Whitehead
The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
J. Michael Straczynski
Painting is by nature a luminous language.
Should such an ignorant people lead the world? How did it come to this in the first place? 82 percent of us don't even have a passport! Just a handful can speak a language other than English.
My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.
In the studio system, things are expected of a film. By the first, second, third act, there's a generic language that comes out of the more commercial system.
I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.
I would say that jazz is my own language.
There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.
John Millington Synge
Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.
Rita Mae Brown
We should never denigrate any other culture but rather help people to understand the relationship between their own culture and the dominant culture. When you understand another culture or language, it does not mean that you have to lose your own culture.
Edward T. Hall
In other words, the man who is born into existence deals first with language; this is a given. He is even caught in it before his birth.
It's like learning a language; you can't speak a language fluently until you find out who you are in that language, and that has as much to do with your body as it does with vocabulary and grammar.
A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
There's a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody.
I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time.
Music is the soul of language.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people - history has made us all South Africans.
Because Shakespeare's language is so expansive, we're under this misconception that it's difficult. But I discovered that it's easy because it's so brilliantly written. The words are perfect, and the language is intelligent and very emotional.
Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.
Since Hiroshima and the Holocaust, science no longer holds its pristine place as the highest moral authority. Instead, that role is taken by human rights. It follows that any assault on Jewish life - on Jews or Judaism or the Jewish state - must be cast in the language of human rights.
We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has.
What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.
I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.
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