Here are 50 inspiring and thoughtful quotes all about language learning.
From George Carlin to Nelson Mandela to proverbs all around the world. There is sure to be a quote about language learning in here that will motivate you in your studies 🙂
Included with each quote is also a simple phone wallpaper that you can download.
Enjoy these quotes and enjoy your language studies!!
1.) Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery – Amy Chua
2.) Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere – Chinese Proverb
3.) Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world – Rumi
4.) Learn a language, and you’ll avoid a war – Arab Proverb
5.) Laughter is the language of the soul – Pablo Neruda
6.) To have another language is to possess a second soul – Charlemagne
7.) Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about – Benjamin Lee Whorf
8.) I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations – Samuel Johnson
9.) A new language is a new life – Persian Proverb
10.) A different language is a different vision of life – Federico Fellini
11.) You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once – Czech Proverb
12.) The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages – Roger Bacon
13.) If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart – Nelson Mandela
14.) Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides – Rita Mae Brown
15.) A man who knows two languages is worth two men – French proverb
16.) With languages, you are at home anywhere – Edward De Waal
17.) Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom – Roger Bacon
18.) The joy of knowing a foreign language is inexpressible. I find it really difficult to express such joy in my mother tongue – Munia Khan
19.) As a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellence with one tongue – Roger Ascham
20.) One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people – Turkish proverb
21.) Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift – Frank Smith
22.) Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone – Ralph Waldo Emerson
23.) You can never understand one language until you understand at least two – Geoffrey Willans
24.) Change your language and you change your thoughts – Karl Albrecht
25.) A foreign language is like a frail, delicate muscle. If you do not use it, it weakens – Jhumpa Lahiri
26.) Language is wine upon the lips – Virginia Woolf
27.) If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world – Ludwig Wittgenstein
28.) Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going – Rita Mae Brown
29.) Learn a new language and get a new soul – Czech Proverb
30.) Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
31.) Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things – Flora Lewis
32.) A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language – Gaston Bachelard
33.) One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way – Frank Smith
34.) We should learn languages because language is the only thing worth knowing even poorly – Kató Lomb
35.) The most intimate temper of a people, its deepest soul, is above all in its language – Jules Michelet
36.) I love commuting between languages just like I love commuting between cultures and cities – Elif Safak
37.) To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world – Chinese Proverb
38.) Language comes first. It’s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious – Alan Moore
39.) Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow – Oliver Wendell Holmes
40.) He who knows no foreign languages know nothing of his own – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
41.) Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye – William Gibson
42.) It is astonishing how much enjoyment one can get out of a language that one understands imperfectly – Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve
43.) Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere – Chinese Proverb
44.) The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas – Victor Hugo
45.) The limits of my language are the limits of my world – Ludwig Wittgenstein
46.) Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language – Frank Smith
47.) Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did – Sarah Caldwell
48.) Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms – Penelope Lively
49.) Everyone smiles in the same language – George Carlin
50.) To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture – Frantz Fanon
I hope you found a great new phone wallpaper and some language learning motivation here!
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