25 MORE Quotations About English

A major cause of deterioration in the use of the English language is very simply the enormous increase in the number of people who are using it. — Anonymous

The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows, and then make it chant a dirge for man’s fate and man’s follies that is as mournful as misty spring rain crying over the fallow earth. — T.E. Kalem

Making English grammar conform to Latin rules is like asking people to play baseball using the rules of football. — Bill Bryson

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ — Ronald Reagan

Men must speak English who can write Sanskrit; they must speak a modern language who write, perchance, an ancient and universal one. — Henry David Thoreau

To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up. — George Orwell

My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language. — Edward Gibbon

Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them. — Robert Graves

English is just as much big business as the export of manufactured goods. There are problems with what you might call ‘after-sales service’, ‘delivery’ can be awkward, but at any rate the production lines are trouble free. — Randolph Quirk

The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib. — Robert Burchfield

I speak twelve languages. English is the bestest. — Stefan Bergman

ENGLISH IS OUR LANGUAGE NO EXCETIONS LEARN IT — village of Crestwood welcome sign

Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. — Evelyn Waugh

My English is a mixture between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Archbishop Tutu. — Billy Wilder

From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. — Winston Churchill

In my sentences I go where no man has gone before…I am a boon to the English language. — George W. Bush

Introducing ‘Lite’ – The new way to spell ‘Light’, but with twenty percent fewer letters. — Jerry Seinfeld

When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, I think any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it. — Henry David Thoreau

The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm. — Alexander Woollcott

I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it. — Carl Sandburg

The English contribution to world cuisine – the chip. — John Cleese

In two words, im possible. — Samuel Goldwyn

The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from asking it to dinner. — Margaret Halsey

I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world. — Malcolm Bradbury

Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all. — Walt Whitman



About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to 25 MORE Quotations About English

  1. Rev. Josh says:

    I like the Bill Bryson one myself. Good collection!

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