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


Language is always wise.

Articulate words are a harsh clamor and dissonance. When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will again be dumb! for I suppose he was dumb at the Creation, and must go around an entire circle in order to return to that blessed state.
Hawthorne.—American Note-Books, April, 1841.

Language,—human language,—after all, is but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls and other utterances of brute nature,—sometimes not so adequate.
Hawthorne.—American Note-Books, July 14, 1850.

Every language is a temple in which the soul of those who speak it is enshrined.
Holmes.—The Professor at the Breakfast Table, Chap. II.

Language!—the blood of the soul, Sir, into which our thoughts run and out of which they grow.
Holmes.—The Professor of the Breakfast Table, Chap. II.

Language is the picture and counterpart of thought.
Mark Hopkins.—Address, delivered at the dedication of Williston Seminary, Dec. 1, 1841.