Language as a Key to
The following quotes
illustrate the topic's ambiguity. Use these to establish the scope of your
topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing
opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.
loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an
ear." Maya Angelou
man there is something in the vocabulary that would stick to him like a second
skin. His enemies have only to find it." Ambrose Bierce
a mixture of statement and evocation." Elizabeth Bowen
difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with
thought." Elizabeth Bowe
the roadmap of a culture. It tells you where its people came from and where they
are going." Rita Mae Brown
exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides." Rita
word was once a glowing new metaphor." Thomas Carlyle
power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and
liberation." Angela Carter
the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and
the weapons of its future conquests." Samuel Taylor
"I have been
a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered
that some words got me into trouble and others got me out."
a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"How can I
tell what I think till I see what I say?" E.M. Forster
fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still
nonsense." Benjamin Franklin
the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
words, we have been able to rise above the brutes, and thanks to words, we have
sunk to the level of the demons." " Aldous Huxley
the dress of thought." Samuel Johnson
"If it is
true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is
the violin of human thought." Helen Keller
That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of
our lives." Toni Morrison
ourself with descriptions and tame the world by generalizing."
differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged
have a different effect." Blaise Pascal
loaded pistols." Jean-Paul Sarte
a wise man but communicate in the language of the people."
William Butler Yeats
Downs, Hugh. "Kid
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DuBois, W. E. B. The
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Publisher's Company, Inc., 1968.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo.
"Literature." Essays and Lectures. Ed.Joel Porte.
New York, NY: Literary Classics of the United States of America,Inc.,
Gates, Henry Louis.
"Cultural Pluralism." Representative American Speeches. Vol. 62. Ed. Owen Peterson. NY: The HW Wilson
1991. Pages 56-64.
Lewis, David. W. E. B.
DuBois: Biography of a Race. New York:Henry,Holt, and Co., 1993.
Lopez, Barry H. Of Wolves
and Men. New York: Charles Scribner
and Sons, 1978.
Momaday, N. Scott. Way to
"Politics and the English Language."
Rodriguez, Richard. A Hunger of Memory.
Rosenblatt, Roger. "I am Writing Blindly." TIME
Magazine. November 6, 2000.
156 No. 19.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New
American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.