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George Bernard Shaw
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.

George Bernard Shaw
England and America are two countries divided by a common language.

Arthur Quinn
Style, is like a frog: you can dissect the thing, but it somehow dies in the process.

Victor Hugo
Nothing can be more depressing than to expose, naked to the light of thought, the hideous growth of argot. Indeed it is like a sort of repellent animal intended to dwell in darkness which has been dragged out of its cloaca. One seems to see a horned and living creature viciously struggling to be restored to the place where it belongs. One word is like a claw, another like a sightless and bleeding eye and there are phrases which clutch like the pincers of a crab. And all of it is alive with the hideous vitality of things that have organized themselves amid disorganization.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

C. S. Lewis
The (Christian) "doctrines" are translations into our concepts and ideas of that which God has already expressed in language more adequate, namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection

Walter Kaufmann
Words signify man's refusal to accept the world as it is.

William Osler
There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.

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