English language

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The person who does not know how to live while they are making a living is a poorer person after their wealth is won than when they started.
Josiah Gilbert Holland
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Quotations about the English language or some aspect of it. English is one of the most widespread and most widely spoken languages in the world.


  • To boldly go is rhythmically very neat. The Star Trek scriptwriter hasn't been linguistically bold at all.
  • The English-speaking world may be divided into (1) those who neither know nor care what a split infinitive is; (2) those who do not know, but care very much; (3) those who know and condemn; (4) those who know and approve; and (5) those who know and distinguish....
  • [A speaker who uses a multiple negative] spreads as it were a thin layer of negative colouring over the whole sentence instead of confining it to a single place.
  • The name is misleading, for the preposition to no more belongs to the infinitive as a necessary part of it, than the definite article belongs to the substantive, and no one would think of calling the good man a split substantive.
    • Otto Jespersen, referring to split infinitives, in Essentials of English Grammar
  • Fussing about split infinitives is one of the more tiresome pastimes invented by nineteenth century grammarians.


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