Quotes about languages and identity

Have you ever thought about that the language you speak or the language you learn creates also your personality and your identity? Every language you are able to speak is a part of you and could form your lifestyle and your personality.

Think about it and take these quotes to get motivation to create a new part in your life while learning a new language!

Quotes about languages and identity

1) Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

2) If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to heart.

– Nelson Mandela

3) The world is a mosaic of visions. With each language that disappears, a piece of that mosaic is lost.

– Francois Grosjean

4) A natural language is the archive where the experiences, knowledge and beliefs of a community are stored.

– Fernando Lázaro Carreter

5) Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of language.

– Noah Webster

6) Tell me how much a nation knows about its own language, and I will tell you how much that nation knows about its own identity.

– John Ciardi

7) Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generation.

– Edward Sapir

8) We infer the spirit of the nation in great measure from the language, which is a sort of monument to which each forcible individual in a course if many hundred years has contributed a stone.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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