Awesome List of Quotes on Language Learning

Great List of Language Learning Quotes

For all the lingholics and multilinguals who enjoy the essence of different languages exploring different worlds, I’ve curated this list of awesome quotes that will inspire you all and those who are in the beginning of learning a new language.

1. Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages. ― Roger Bacon

3. 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

4. One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. ‒ Frank Smith

5. The limits of my language are the limits of my world. ‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein

6. You can never understand one language until you understand at least two. ‒ Geoffrey Willans

7. To have another language is to possess a second soul.‒ Charlemagne

8. Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. ‒ Rita Mae Brown

9. Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. ‒ Oliver Wendell Holmes

10. To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot. - Joseph Conrad

11. I love commuting between languages just like I love commuting between cultures and cities. -  Elif Safak

12. Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

13. A different language is a different vision of life. - Federico Fellini

14. One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. - Frank Smith

15. Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society. ‒ Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch

16. If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. ‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein

17. A man who knows two languages is worth two men. ‒ French Proverb

18. You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once. ‒ Czech proverb

19. Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom. ‒ Roger Bacon

20. Change your language and you change your thoughts. ‒ Karl Albrecht

21. Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things. ‒ Flora Lewis

22. Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift.  Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club -the community of speakers of that language. ‒ Frank Smith

23. A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language. ‒ Gaston Bachelard

24. The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas. – Victor Hugo

25. Absolutely nothing is so important for a nation’s culture as its language. – Wilhelm von Humboldt

26. I never found accents difficult, after learning languages. – Vivien Leigh

27. It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning. – Michael Gove

28. No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality. – Edward Sapir

29. When you grow up in a family of languages, you develop a kind of casual fluency, so that languages, though differently colored, all seem transparent to experience. – David Antin

30. No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby, so helpless and so ridiculous. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

31. A new language is a new life. – Persian Proverb

32. Learn a language, and you’ll avoid a war. – Arab Proverb

33. If you want people to understand you, speak their language. – African Proverb

34. The best time to learn a language was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Lingholic

35. Learning another language is like becoming another person. – Haruki Murakami

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Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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