How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.

—Søren Kierkegaard, 1843

In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

—Voltaire, 1764

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.

—Thomas Hardy, 1874

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.

—Theodor Adorno, c. 1946

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.

—George Orwell, 1944

What a glut of books! Who can read them? As already, we shall have a vast chaos and confusion of books; we are oppressed with them, our eyes ache with reading, our fingers with turning.

—Robert Burton, 1621

Speak and speed; the close mouth catches no flies.

—Benjamin Franklin, c. 1732

Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

Anyone who doesn’t know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1821

Words pay no debts.

—William Shakespeare, 1601

The newspaper is the natural enemy of the book, as the whore is of the decent woman.

—Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, 1858

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

—Bertrand Russell, 1961

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.

—Charles Lamb, 1833