Language is like soil. However rich, it is subject to erosion, and its fertility is constantly threatened by uses that exhaust its vitality. It needs constant re-invigoration if it is not to become arid and sterile.
– Elizabeth Drew, author, critic (1887-1965)
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
– George Orwell, writer (1903-1950)
- Political Language
- Daily Media Quotation – a daily selection of political comment from the Australian press
- Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus
- Eulogy of the Dog – The courtroom address of George Vest (1870)
An eclectic collection of choice (and not necessarily political) quotes
Language is as real, as tangible, in our lives as streets, pipelines, telephone switchboards, microwaves, radioactivity, cloning laboratories, nuclear power stations.
– Adrienne Rich, writer (1929-2012)
Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer (1804-1864)
Readers may be divided into four classes: 1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. 2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. 3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. 4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic (1772-1834)