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In English we must use adjectives to distinguish the different kinds of love for which the ancients had distinct names.

Tags: Kinds, Love  ✍ Author: Mortimer Adler

It has since been agreed that speeches given in English will be translated into French and vice versa, and even into German and Italian when necessary. No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand.

Tags: Doubt, Since  ✍ Author: Fredrik Bajer

Kingsley Amis was one of a trio of brilliant comic novelists who made English literature sparkle in the twentieth century.

Tags: Brilliant, Literature  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

I'm English. Our dentistry is not world famous.

Tags: Famous  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

Tags: Beautiful, Lady  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

My least favorite phrase in the English language is 'I don't care.'

Tags: Care, Language  ✍ Author: James Caan

English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite.

Tags: Speech, Texas  ✍ Author: Michael Caine

It's my country but I don't want to know about France - I was born there but I feel English.

Tags: Born, Country  ✍ Author: Eric Cantona

'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?

Tags: Language, Shortest  ✍ Author: George Carlin

I discovered Orson Welles in college; my freshman English professor screened 'Citizen Kane' for us, and I wound up writing a 20-page term paper on it.

Tags: College, Writing  ✍ Author: Claire Danes

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?

Tags: Learn, Speak  ✍ Author: Clarence Darrow

I'm not one of these people who say how much better American drama is than English. I find it mostly too American, except for The Sopranos, which I think is the best thing.

Tags: American, Best  ✍ Author: Andrew Davies

No people in the world can make you feel so small as the English.

Tags: Small  ✍ Author: Robertson Davies

English music is white - it evades everything.

Tags: Music, White  ✍ Author: Edward Elgar

At somewhere around 10 syllables, the English poetic line is at its most relaxed and manageable.

Tags: Line, Somewhere  ✍ Author: James Fenton

At four lines, with the quatrain, we reach the basic stanza form familiar from a whole range of English poetic practice. This is the length of the ballad stanza, the verse of a hymn, and innumerable other kinds of verse.

Tags: Practice, Whole  ✍ Author: James Fenton

I still feel threatened by academics, but my books have a lot of academic in-jokes and everybody assumes I went to university and studied English.

Tags: Books, Everybody  ✍ Author: Jasper Fforde

The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.

Tags: Genuine, Growth  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

I'd probably want to teach at university, because children would drive me insane. I suspect it would be English literature, Shakespeare and so forth. I've always been deeply, deeply in love with that kind of thing.

Tags: Children, Love  ✍ Author: Stephen Fry

It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.

Tags: Common, Takes  ✍ Author: Stephen Fry

The English light is so very subtle, so very soft and misty, that the architecture responded with great delicacy of detail.

Tags: Great, Light  ✍ Author: Stephen Gardiner

Remember, I have a Ph.D. in English literature.

Tags: Literature, Remember  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

Perhaps first and foremost is the challenge of taking what I find as a reader and making it into a poem that, primarily, has to be a plausible poem in English.

Tags: Challenge, Making  ✍ Author: Marilyn Hacker

At first the English were very surprised by our disregarding the Hague Convention. But from 1916 onward they used at least as much poison as we did.

Tags: Poison, Used  ✍ Author: Otto Hahn

I have an English family and I've lived in England for years.

Tags: Family, Lived  ✍ Author: Daryl Hall
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The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from asking it to dinner.

Tags: Dinner, Face  ✍ Author: Lawrence Halprin

English muffins with avocado is one of my favorite breakfasts.

Tags: Favorite, Muffins  ✍ Author: Mia Hamm

The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.

Tags: Nation, Rather  ✍ Author: William Hazlitt

I've always had a great fondness for English detective fiction such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.

Tags: Fiction, Great  ✍ Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends.

Tags: Friends, Good  ✍ Author: P. D. James

To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all.

Tags: Far, Manners  ✍ Author: Randall Jarrell

We are Bayern Munich and English teams always have trouble as soon as they leave the island.

Tags: Leave, Trouble  ✍ Author: Oliver Kahn

I have English family in Northhampton and have been to England numerous times.

Tags: Family, Times  ✍ Author: Steve Kanaly

In India I've been to all the award functions, but that was in Hindi; now it's in English so it's a much bigger scale.

Tags: Bigger, India  ✍ Author: Anil Kapoor

The funniest line in English is 'Get it?' When you say that, everyone chortles.

Tags: Everyone, Line  ✍ Author: Garrison Keillor

This African American Vernacular English shares most of its grammar and vocabulary with other dialects of English. But it is distinct in many ways, and it is more different from standard English than any other dialect spoken in continental North America.

Tags: America, American  ✍ Author: William Labov

I translated Beatles songs for my English class.

Tags: Class, Songs  ✍ Author: Christian Lacroix

The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour.

Tags: Revolution, Spirit  ✍ Author: Karl Marx

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.

Tags: Baseball, Sensible  ✍ Author: H. L. Mencken

I finally returned to Iran in 1979, when I got my degree in English and American literature, and stayed for 18 years in the Islamic republic.

Tags: American, Literature  ✍ Author: Ralph Nader

In England I am not English, in India I am not Indian. I am chained to the 1,000 square miles that is Trinidad; but I will evade that fate yet.

Tags: Fate, India  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

I read good. I was an English major.

Tags: Good, Read  ✍ Author: P. J. O\'Rourke

The more you own, the more you know you don't own.

Tags: Priest  ✍ Author: Aristotle Onassis

I could sing in English before I could understand it because I phonetically learned it from the musicals.

Tags: Learned, Understand  ✍ Author: Vanessa Paradis

Come English Settlement, I had it in my head that I didn't want to tour.

Tags: Head, Tour  ✍ Author: Dolly Parton

Among pacifists it was above all the English who always insisted on the importance of disarmament. They said that the man in the street would not understand the kind of pacifism that neglected to demand immediate restriction of armaments.

Tags: Said, Understand  ✍ Author: Ludwig Quidde

I get the impression the English kings were witty, for some reason. I feel like all you had was your wit.

Tags: Impression, Reason  ✍ Author: Colin Quinn

I don't know why that is, but English politics is just so overly white. It's very much about the class structure.

Tags: Politics, Why  ✍ Author: Daniel Radcliffe

I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I'm English.

Tags: Fact, Irish  ✍ Author: Daniel Radcliffe

The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.

Tags: Election, Free  ✍ Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.

Tags: Pride, Vanity  ✍ Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In Ireland, I don't get asked out much. English boys are a lot more flirty.

Tags: Asked, Ireland  ✍ Author: Georgia Salpa

Damien Hirst is the Elvis of the English art world, its ayatollah, deliverer, and big-thinking entrepreneurial potty-mouthed prophet and front man. Hirst synthesizes punk, Pop Art, Jeff Koons, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, and Catholicism.

Tags: Art, Punk  ✍ Author: Jerry Saltz

I'm influenced by a lot of filmmakers; I like English filmmakers because I feel a kin to them.

Tags: Filmmakers, Influenced  ✍ Author: Rupert Sanders

These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French, all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied almost without limit and apply to all national languages.

Tags: Almost, Simplicity  ✍ Author: Edward Sapir

One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility of using the same word as noun and verb.

Tags: Simplicity, Word  ✍ Author: Edward Sapir

Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.

Tags: Communism, Socialism  ✍ Author: George Bernard Shaw

I grew up listening to English music.

Tags: Listening, Music  ✍ Author: Tim Tebow

I was a terrible English student.

Tags: Student, Terrible  ✍ Author: Leon Uris

When I first came to this country, I didn't know how to speak English.

Tags: Country, Speak  ✍ Author: Wilmer Valderrama

I don't want to play only Latin women. I want to have roles in English.

Tags: Latin, Women  ✍ Author: Paz Vega

I want to have roles in English.

Tags: Roles  ✍ Author: Paz Vega

More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language than any other single factor.

Tags: Language, Single  ✍ Author: John W. Vessey, Jr.

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

Tags: Picnic, Tea  ✍ Author: Alice Walker

I'm not the least bit polished, I come from a blue collar background and I never thought I could feel comfortable around the English.

Tags: Bit, Thought  ✍ Author: Paul Walker

Americans who have travelled and who have English friends know we are not necessarily all baddies, but I think that seeing us being so incessantly nasty on screen has a drip, drip, drip effect on the rest of them.

Tags: Friends, Rest  ✍ Author: David Warner

We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

Tags: Beat, Words  ✍ Author: Booker T. Washington

I speak two languages, Body and English.

Tags: Body, Speak  ✍ Author: Mae West

Ang Lee was educated in the West and his English is good.

Tags: Educated, Good  ✍ Author: Zhang Yimou

For over ten years I always had, but I don't speak English.

Tags: Speak, Ten  ✍ Author: Zhang Yimou

I've always enjoyed writing, I graduated with a degree in English; I've done bits of journalism.

Tags: Done, Writing  ✍ Author: Michael York

The Economist is undoubtedly the smartest weekly newsmagazine in the English language. I always look forward to its quirky year-end double issue.

Tags: Forward, Language  ✍ Author: Eric Alterman

I know my own heart to be entirely English.

Tags: Heart  ✍ Author: Princess Anne

I can scarcely manage to scribble a tolerable English letter. I know that I am not a scholar, but meantime I am aware that no man living knows better than I do the habits of our birds.

Tags: Knows, Living  ✍ Author: John James Audubon

I hate the way the English have of not being serious about being serious, I really hate it.

Tags: Hate, Serious  ✍ Author: Julian Barnes

The city and province were given up to anarchy; the coloured people, elated with victory, proclaimed the slaughter of all whites, except the English, French, and American residents.

Tags: American, Victory  ✍ Author: Henry Walter Bates

I was crossing the English Channel with a carbon-fiber wing on my back.

Tags: Channel, Wing  ✍ Author: Felix Baumgartner

My mom has an English accent, so we always referred to the trunk as the 'boot.' And then, suddenly, we moved to Georgia and I would say things like 'open the boot' with a bit of an accent, and I quickly realized I had to adapt; that kind of thing will get you beat up!

Tags: Mom, Open  ✍ Author: Nicole Beharie

I don't think there's a lot of actors out there right now who really know what they're doing at all.

Tags: School, While  ✍ Author: Jamie Bell

I am not 100% English, I am actually part Italian and even part Hungarian. Therefore I feel very much part of Europe both in my upbringing and outlook.

Tags: Actually, Both  ✍ Author: Bruce Bennett

I do love cricket - it's so very English.

Tags: Cricket, Love  ✍ Author: Sarah Bernhardt

I'm not a xenophobe - I think immigration is a good thing for most countries - but they transmute the foibles of their native tongues into English in a way that's difficult to figure out.

Tags: Difficult, Good  ✍ Author: Conrad Black

That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution.

Tags: King, Wrong  ✍ Author: William Blackstone

English is an outrageous tangle of those derivations and other multifarious linguistic influences, from Yiddish to Shoshone, which has grown up around a gnarly core of chewy, clangorous yawps derived from ancestors who painted themselves blue to frighten their enemies.

Tags: Blue, Themselves  ✍ Author: Roy Blount, Jr.

The English sent all their bores abroad, and acquired the Empire as a punishment.

Tags: Abroad, Punishment  ✍ Author: Edward Bond

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

Tags: Code, Immorality  ✍ Author: Malcolm Bradbury

The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.

Tags: Lies, Truth  ✍ Author: Malcolm Bradbury

I like English, and I like writing essays, and that kind of stuff.

Tags: Stuff, Writing  ✍ Author: Abigail Breslin

The Constitution isn't written in Chinese, Swahili or Sanskrit. It's in plain English.

Tags: Plain, Written  ✍ Author: Harry Browne

Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?

Tags: Language, Often  ✍ Author: Jackson Browne

My master's degree was in English literature.

Tags: Literature, Master  ✍ Author: Sylvia Browne

My favorite pudding is good old English apple pie.

Tags: Good, Old  ✍ Author: Jeremy Bulloch

It's received wisdom that the English are uniquely child-unfriendly.

Tags: Received, Wisdom  ✍ Author: Julie Burchill

Second-generation Hispanics marry non-Hispanics at a higher rate than second-generation Irish or Italians. Second-generation Hispanics' English language capability rates are higher than previous immigrant groups'.

Tags: Irish, Language  ✍ Author: Jeb Bush

I was an English major.

Tags: Major  ✍ Author: Jenna Bush

I never had much education in English poetry as such.

Tags: Education, Poetry  ✍ Author: Anne Carson

There is something about the way that Greek poets, say Aeschylus, use metaphor that really attracts me. I don't think I can imitate it, but there's a density to it that I think I'm always trying to push towards in English.

Tags: Push, Trying  ✍ Author: Anne Carson

There is a certain ancient civility about tailors that is welcome - especially in modern London, which is now very much an international city, not an English city. They're still a little vessel of Englishness in what is otherwise a pretty rambunctious place.

Tags: Place, Pretty  ✍ Author: Graydon Carter

I went by myself to Hollywood, I spoke no English, every day I had to go to school.

Tags: Hollywood, School  ✍ Author: Jackie Chan

The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.

Tags: Best, May  ✍ Author: Raymond Chandler
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