In my library I have several volumes of collected quotations, both familiar and unfamiliar. I recently decided to dig up some quotations that might be of interest to readers of Word Ways -- quotations about words, language, speech, dictionaries and so on. Forty of the quotations are given in this article. Savor them, think about them; do you agree with each quotation? or disagree? Some of the quotations seem to be contradicted by others -- for example, look at the first two in the list below. However, such contradictions should only serve to make the quotations more enjoyable.
Word Ways: Vol. 12
, Article 18.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol12/iss4/18