25+ Inspirational Quotes for Language Learners

There are many benefits to learning a foreign language, from better cognitive health to higher salary wages. Learning a different language, however, can be difficult–not to mention time consuming.

If you need some motivation to help you get started, check out the 25+ inspirational quotes about language below. Keep these language quotes close by so you can refer to them whenever you’re feeling frustrated or defeated.

25+ Inspirational Quotes About Language

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” -Frank Smith

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

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” -Sarah Caldwell

“The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.” -Roger Bacon

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” -Chinese Proverb

“One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people.” -Turkish Proverb

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” -Rita Mae Brown

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“A different language is a different vision of life.” -Federico Fellini

“Language comes first. It’s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious.” -Alan Moore

“Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.” -Rumi

“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.” -Frank Smith

“Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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


“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” -Benjamin Lee Whorf

Hopefully, these quotes about language will inspire you to start off the year learning a new language. Tell us… what’s your favorite from this list of quotes about language?

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5 replies
  1. Siskia
    Siskia says:

    My personal favorite is “Everyone smiles in the same language”, but you’ve given me a second favorite: “Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.” Thank you for this great list! 🙂

  2. Anissa
    Anissa says:

    Thanks a lot. I can speak 5 foreign languages and this inspire me to learn more and to achieve the goal: learning 20. Thanks again.


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