Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language. — Samuel Johnson.
Language is the dress of thought; and as the noblest mien, or most graceful action, would be degraded and obscured by a garb appropriated to the gross employments of rustics or mechanics, so the most heroic sentiments will lose their efficacy, and the most splendid ideas drop their magnificence, if they are conveyed by words used commonly upon low and trivial occasions, debased by vulgar mouths, and contaminated by inelegant applications. Truth indeed is always truth, and reason is always reason; they have an intrinsic and unalterable value, and constitute that intellectual gold which defies destruction: but gold may be so concealed in baser matter, that only a chemist can recover it; sense may be so hidden in unrefined and plebeian words, that none but philosophers can distinguish it; and both may be so buried in impurities, as not to pay the cost of their extraction. — Samuel Johnson, "The Life of Cowley," (1779).
Not in books only, not yet in oral discourse, but often also in words there are boundless stores of moral and historic truth, and no less of passion and imagination laid up, from which lessons of infinite worth may be derived. — Whately.
Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed inpurple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and preciousstones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominationsand filthiness of her fornication:
The Church today is concerned about communicating with the contemporary world and especially about the need to speak in a new idiom. The language of the Church had better be the language of the New Testament. To proclaim the Gospel with new terminology is hazardous when much of the message and valuable overtones that are implicit in the New Testament might be lost forever. 'Most of the distortions and dissentions that have vexed the Church,' observed the late Dean of York, 'where these have touched theological understanding, have arisen through the insistence of sects or sections of the Christian community upon using words which are not found in the New Testament.' True, we must in our preaching employ the speech of the factories and homes of our century, or we will not preach at all. Here comes the clash of the two languages, the Biblical and the secular. We must translate. Else we shall continue to speak Greek. But our peril is that of succumbing to modern language and failing to preach the Gospel because we have made not only its language but its message 'modern.' — Nigel Turner, (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1980), p. viii. Turner quotes Alan Richardson, (SCM Press, 1958), p. 217.
If the way in which men express their thoughts is slipshod and mean, it will be very difficult for their thoughts themselves to escape being the same. — Alford.
All words have the "taste" of a profession, a genre, a tendency, a party, a particular work, a particular person, a generation, an age group, the day and hour. Each word tastes of the context and contexts in which it has lived its socially charged life... — Mikhail Bakhtin in .
There is a certain Coldness and Indifference in the Phrases of our European Languages, when they are compared with the Oriental Forms of Speech; and it happens very luckily, that the Hebrew Idioms run into the English Tongue with a particular Grace and Beauty. Our Language has received innumerable Elegancies and Improvements, from that Infusion of Hebraisms, which are derived to it out of the Poetical Passages in Holy Writ. They give a Force and Energy to our Expressions, warm and animate our Language, and convey our Thoughts in more ardent and intense Phrases, than any that are to be met with in our own Tongue. There is something so pathetick in this kind of Diction, that it often sets the Mind in a Flame, and makes our Hearts burn within us. How cold and dead does a Prayer appear, that is composed in the most Elegant and Polite Forms of Speech, which are natural to our Tongue, when it is not heightened by that Solemnity of Phrase, which may be drawn from the Sacred Writings. — Joseph Addison, , No. 405 (June 14, 1712).
Thinking cannot be clear till it has had expression. We must write, or speak, or act our thoughts, or they will remain in a half torpid form. Our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which, till they descend in rain, will never bring up fruit or flower, So it is with all the inward feelings; expression gives them development. Thought is the blossom; language the opening bud; action the fruit behind it. — H.W. Beecher.
How did the surgeon acquire his knowledge of the structure of the human body? In part this comes from the surgeon's firsthand experience during his long training. But what made this experience fruitful was the surgeon's earlier training, the distillation of generations of past experience which was transmitted to the surgeon in his anatomy classes. It has taken hundreds of years and millions of dissections to build up the detailed and accurate picture of the structure of the human body that enables the surgeon to know where to cut. A highly specialized sublanguage has evolved for the sole purpose of describing this structure. The surgeon had to learn this jargon of anatomy before the anatomical facts could be effectively transmitted to him. Thus, underlying the 'effective action' of the surgeon is an 'effective language.' — I. D. J. Bross, "Languages in Cancer Research," in Murphy, Pressman, and Mirand, eds., (New York: Alan R. Liss, 1973), p. 217.
Language is not merely a means of expression and communication; it is an instrument of experiencing, thinking, and feeling ... Our ideas and experiences are not independent of language; they are all integral parts of the same pattern, the warp and woof of the same texture. We do not first have thoughts, ideas, feelings, and then put them into a verbal framework. We think in words, by means of words. Language and experience are inextricably interwoven, and the awareness of one awakens the other. Words and idioms are as indispensible to our thoughts and experiences as are colors and tints to a painting. — William Chomsky (died 1977), (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1957), p.3.
Research the word in many Latin - English /English - Latin dictionaries, or encyclopedias, and you will likelyfind that Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica of the Roman CatholicChurch were built upon what was called in Latin or . The words and mean hill or mountain. You will also find in the dictionaries that thewords vatic / vates / vatis all relate to prophecy as shown here: