— Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967
„Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.“
— Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
Quoted by Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance (1934), ch. 10.
— John Marks Templeton stock investor, businessman and philanthropist 1912 - 2008
As quoted in The Four Pillars of Investing : Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio (2002) by William Bernstein
„Together — one of the most inspiring words in the English language. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.“
— Edward Everett Hale American author and Unitarian clergyman 1822 - 1909
Attributed to Edward Everett Hale in: United States. President (1922). Addresses of the President of the U.S. and the Director of the Bureau of the Budget. p. 80
„Faction is the greatest evil and the most common danger. "Faction" is the conventional English translation of the Greek stasis, one of the most remarkable words to be found in any language.“
— Moses I. Finley American historian 1912 - 1986
Fonte: Democracy Ancient And Modern (Second Edition) (1985), Chapter 2, Athenian Demagogues, p. 44
„Tony the Beat Poet says the words alone, lonely and loneliness are three of the most powerful words in the English language. I agree with Tony. Those words say that we are human; they are like the words hunger and thirst. But they are not words about the body, they are words about the soul.“
— Donald Miller, livro Blue Like Jazz: nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality
Blue Like Jazz (2003, Nelson Books)
„Our nation is exceptional because it was built on the five most beautiful and powerful words in the English language, "I want to be free."“
— Ted Cruz American politician 1970
2010s, Speech at the Republican National Convention (July 20, 2016)
„The ten most dangerous words in the English language are "Hi, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."“
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Remarks to Future Farmers of America http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/072888c.htm (28 July 1988)
1980s, Second term of office (1985–1989)
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
„It's [the word “sorry”] the most infuriating word in the English language. Just a cheap way to behave badly then shelve responsibility by putting the onus on the other person to be forgiving.“
— Minette Walters, livro The Chameleon's Shadow
Fonte: The Chameleon's Shadow
„The Latin osculum is neither very old nor frequent. It is one of three words that can be translated by the English, "kiss."“
— Ivan Illich austrian philosopher and theologist 1926 - 2002
The Cultivation of Conspiracy (1998)
Contexto: The Latin osculum is neither very old nor frequent. It is one of three words that can be translated by the English, "kiss." In comparison with the affectionate basium and the lascivious suavium, osculum was a latecomer into classical Latin, and was used in only one circumstance as a ritual gesture: In the second century, it became the sign given by a departing soldier to a woman, thereby recognizing her expected child as his offspring.
In the Christian liturgy of the first century, the osculum assumed a new function. It became one of two high points in the celebration of the Eucharist. Conspiratio, the mount-to-mouth kiss, became the solemn liturgical gesture by which participants in the cult-action shared their breath or spirit with one another. It came to signify their union in one Holy Spirit, the community that takes shape in God's breath. The ecclesia came to be through a public ritual action, the liturgy, and the soul of this liturgy was the conspiratio. Explicitly, corporeally, the central Christian celebration was understood as a co-breathing, a con-spiracy, the bringing about of a common atmosphere, a divine milieu.
„In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.“
— Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
Fonte: My Sister's Keeper
— Peter Beard American photographer and writer 1938
Interview magazine, 1978.
„Remember, we live in a culture of immediacy. We live in a culture in which simplistic answers override more complicated answers. We live in a culture in which language is reduced to its bare bones. We live in a culture in which language is now in the service of violence.“
— Henry Giroux American academic 1943
Interview with Media For Us, 2019
„A saint is one to be for two when three and you make five and two and cover.
A at most.
Saint saint a saint.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Four Saints in Three Acts (1927)
Operas and Plays (1932)
„I may here refer to a curious mathematical calculation by Dr. Thomas Young, to the effect, that if three words coincide in two different languages, it is ten to one they must be derived in both cases from some parent language, or introduced in some other manner.“
— Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802), livro Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
Fonte: Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), p. 293
„The Greeks understood the mysterious power of the underside of things. They are the ones who gave us one of the most beautiful words in our language, the word enthusiasm.“
— Louis Pasteur French chemist and microbiologist 1822 - 1895
Εν Θεος - A God within.
Variant translation: "The Greeks have given us one of the most beautiful words of our language, the word "enthusiasm" Εν Θεος .— a God within. The grandeur of the acts of men are measured by the inspiration from which they spring. Happy is he who bears a God within." (As quoted in Spiritual Literacy : Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (1998) by Frederic Brussat and Mary Ann Brussat)
Original: Les Grecs avaient compris la mystérieuse puissance de ce dessous de choses. Ce sont eux qui nous ont légué un des plus beaux mots de notre langue, le mot enthousiasme. —Εν Θεος. — Un Dieu intérieur.
„In the Chinese language, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Remarks at the United Negro College Fund, Indianapolis, Indiana (12 April 1959) http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations.aspx; Box 902, Senate Speech Files, Pre-Presidential Papers, John F. Kennedy Papers, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library; also in Remarks at Valley Forge Country Club, Pennsylvania (29 October 1960), Box 914, Senate Speech Files, Pre-Presidential Papers, John F. Kennedy Papers, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
„Because you could not translate the word apartheid into the more universal language of English, the wrong connotation was given to it.“
— P. W. Botha South African prime minister 1916 - 2006
As cited in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p. 22