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42 Awesome Inspirational Quotes for Language Learners

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Some days learning a language can be a real struggle, but these beautiful inspirational quotes will keep you motivated.

Learning a foreign language is an emotional roller coaster mixed with amazing highs, frustrating plateaus, and the feeling like you’re not making any progress at all. It’s so easy to become discouraged and want to throw in the towel which is why I’ve collated a list of inspiring language quotes from history’s great linguistics and authors as well as beautiful proverbs that will give you a much-needed boost of morale.

Here are 42 of the best inspirational quotes that will keep us language learners motivated.

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1. Language comes first. Itโ€™s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you havenโ€™t got language, you canโ€™t be conscious. – Alan Moore

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Alan Moore

 

2. Do you know what a foreign accent is? Itโ€™s a sign of bravery. – Amy Chua

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Amy Chua

 

3. Learn a language, and youโ€™ll avoid a war. โ€“ Arab Proverb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Arab Proverb

 

4. It is astonishing how much enjoyment one can get out of a language that one understands imperfectly. โ€” Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve

 

5. Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about. โ€“ Benjamin Lee Whorf

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Benjamin Lee Whorf

6. To have another language is to possess a second soul. โ€’ Charlemagne

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Charlemagne

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7. Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. โ€“ Chinese Proverb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Chinese Proverb

 

8. To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world. โ€“ Chinese Proverb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Chinese Proverb

 

9. You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once. โ€’ Czech Proverb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Czech Proverb

 

10. Learn a new language and get a new soul. โ€“ Czech Proverb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Czech Proverb

 

11. With languages, you are at home anywhere. โ€“ Edward De Waal

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Edward de Waal

 

12. I love commuting between languages just like I love commuting between cultures and cities. โ€“ Elif Safak

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Elif Safak

 

13. A different language is a different vision of life. โ€“ Federico Fellini

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Federico Fellini

 

14. Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things. โ€’ Flora Lewis

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Flora Lewis

 

15. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club โ€“ the community of speakers of that language. โ€’ Frank Smith

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Frank Smith

16. One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. โ€’ Frank Smith

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Frank Smith

17. 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. โ€’Frank Smith

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Frank Smith

 

18. A man who knows two languages is worth two men. โ€’ French Proverb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - French Proverb

 

19. A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language. โ€’ Gaston Bachelard

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Gaston Bachelard

 

20. You can never understand one language until you understand at least two. โ€’ Geoffrey WillansInspirational quotes for language learners - Geoffrey Willians

 

21. A foreign language is like a frail, delicate muscle. If you do not use it, it weakens. – Jhumpa Lahiri

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Jhumpa Lahiri

22. He who knows no foreign languages know nothing of his own. โ€’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Johann - Wolfgang von Goethe

23. The most intimate temper of a people, its deepest soul, is above all in its language. โ€“ Jules Michelet

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Jules Michelet

24. Change your language and you change your thoughts. โ€’ Karl Albrecht

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Karl Albrecht

25. We should learn languages because language is the only thing worth knowing even poorly. โ€“ Katรณ Lomb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Kato Lomb

26. If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. โ€’ Ludwig Wittgenstein

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Ludwig Wittgenstein

27. The limits of my language are the limits of my world. โ€’ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Inspirational quotes for language learners - Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

28. The joy of knowing a foreign language is inexpressible. I find it really difficult to express such joy in my mother tongue. โ€• Munia Khan

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Munia Khan

29. 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. โ€’ Nelson Mandela

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Nelson Mandela

30. Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. โ€’ Oliver Wendell HolmesInspirational quotes for language learners - Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

31. A new language is a new life. โ€“ Persian Proverb

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Persian Proverb

32. Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. โ€’ Rita Mae Brown

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Rita Mae Brown

33. Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom. โ€’ Roger Bacon

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Roger Bacon

34. The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages. โ€“ Roger Bacon
Inspirational quotes for language learners - Roger Bacon

35. Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world. โ€“ Rumi

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Rumi

36.  I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations. – Samuel Johnson

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Samuel Johnson

37. Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did. โ€’ Sarah Caldwell

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Sarah Caldwell

38. One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people. โ€’ Turkish proverb
Inspirational quotes for language learners - Turkish Proverb

39. The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas. – Victor Hugo

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Victor Hugo

40. Language is wine upon the lips. โ€“ Virginia WoolfInspirational quotes for language learners - Virginia Woolf

 

41. Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye. โ€“ William Gibson

Inspirational quotes for language learners - William Gibson

 

42. As a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellence with one tongue. – Roger Ascham

Inspirational quotes for language learners - Roger Ascham

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