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I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue.

—Xenocrates, c. 350 BC

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, 1943

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height.

—E.M. Forster, 1910

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1921

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

—Charles Lamb, 1833

God never sent a messenger save with the language of his folk, that he might make the message clear for them.

—The Qur’an, c. 620

Words pay no debts.

—William Shakespeare, 1601

It is impossible to translate the poets. Can you translate music?

—Voltaire, c. 1732

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.

—Arthur Miller, 1961

The chief merit of language is clearness, and we know that nothing detracts so much from this as do unfamiliar terms.

—Galen, c. 175

I live by good soup, and not on fine language.

—Molière, 1672

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

—Jane Austen, 1818

Making a film means, first of all, to tell a story. That story can be an improbable one, but it should never be banal. It must be dramatic and human. What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out?

—Alfred Hitchcock, 1962