Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


She ceas’d, and ere his words her fate decreed
Impatient watch’d the language of his eye:
There pity dwelt.
Shenstone.—Love and Honour.

Languages are the pedigree of nations.
Dr. Johnson.—Croker’s Boswell, 340, (A.D. 1733.)

Words are the leaves on the tree of language, of which if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.
Trench.—English past and present, Lect. 3. Page 151. Ed. 5.

Language is fossil poetry.
Emerson.—Essays: The Poet.