Last week I was blown away by the wonderful quotes shared by educators from all over the world. If you haven’t checked out them out, it’s worth a click-through here. Continuing with the same trend, I thought of quotes that I like sharing with my students, quotes that flip the way they may think of learning and language. Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve found can even get a discussion going. Feel free to share your own below.
“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” -Benjamin Lee Whorf, Linguist
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Novelist
“There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.” -unknown
“Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground” -Noah Webster, dictionary maker and responsible for changing the spelling of many words in American English.
“English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway.” -Unknown