Quotes on Language

Robert Benchly

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing."

Bernard DeVoto

"Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom."

Mark Helprin

"Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression."

Rudyard Kipling

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."

Patrick Murray

"I know you believe you understand what you think I said. But I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant."

Dan Quayle

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."

George Bernard Shaw

"England and America are two countries separated by the same language."

Joseph Stalin

"A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic."

Mark Twain

"When angry, count to four, when very angry, swear."


"A witty saying proves nothing."

"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."

Suzan Wiener

"Often the best thing about not saying anything is that it can't be repeated."