A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
Why, der language down dar in de far South is jus’ as different from ours in Maryland, as you can think. Dey laughed when dey heard me talk, an’ I could not understand ‘dem, no how.
The literary culture, if you examine it, the high literary culture is that which preserves the government and you know it’s really the talk for those who have.
Language just gradually came in, one or two stressed words a time. Before then, I would just scream. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t get my words out. So the only way I could tell someone what I wanted was to scream. If I didn’t want to wear a hat, the only way I knew to communicate was screaming and throwing it on the floor.
Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
They plan to ride into the White House on the Sweet Talk Express. Well, think again. Bush and Cheney are not compassionate conservatives. They are ruthless reactionaries.
Animals praise a good day, a good hunt. They praise rain if they’re thirsty. That’s prayer. They don’t live an unconscious life, they simply have no language to talk about these things. But they are grateful for the good things that come along.
In life, people talk at right angles. One asks a question, and the other replies in part, then uses that part to move the conversation to something else. Everyone has an agenda, has something they’re trying to say – or not say.
You don’t talk to a linguist without having what you say taken down and used in evidence against you at some point in time.