Updated: April 2019
Learning a language can sometimes be a challenging and frustrating experience. At times you might feel that you have reached a dead-end (or hit a brick wall) and motivating yourself can become difficult. Don’t forget that speaking a second language, not only opens new doors but also has numerous other advantages.
Here are some some thought-provoking quotes to inspire you, motivate you and remind you that learning a second language is a most rewarding and worthwhile endeavour. And most importantly, to make sure you never give up!
Quotes about language learning
"A different language is a different vision of life."
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."
"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."
"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."
Rita Mae Brown
"He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two."
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."
"To have another language is to possess a second soul."
"Change your language and you change your thoughts."
"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."
"Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom."
"Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language."
"Learn a new language and get a new soul."
"A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language."
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."
"One should not aim at being possible to understand but at being impossible to misunderstand."
Marcus Fabius Quintilian
"A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding."
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