There is a certain age at which

There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable.  There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly.  ~Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

The great enemy of clear language is

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.  When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as if it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.  ~George Orwell

Thanks to words we have been able

Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.  ~Aldous Huxley

W double u has of all the

W (double U) has, of all the letters in our alphabet, the only cumbrous name, the names of the others being monosyllabic.  This advantage of the Roman alphabet over the Grecian is the more valued after audibly spelling out some simple Greek word, like "epixoriambikos."  Still, it is now thought by the learned that other agencies than the difference of the two alphabets may have been concerned in the decline of "the glory that was Greece" and the rise of "the grandeur that was Rome."  There can be no doubt, however, that by simplifying the name of W (calling it "wow," for example) our civilization could be, if not promoted, at least better endured.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Lets not become so worried about offending

Let’s not become so worried about not offending anybody that we lose the ability to distinguish between respect and paranoia.  ~Larry King, about political correctness, How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication

Sarcasm i now see to be in

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the Devil; for which reason I have, long since, as good as renounced it.  ~Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Book II, chapter 4BMC

Learning preserves the errors of past as

Learning preserves the errors of the past, as well as its wisdom.  For this reason, dictionaries are public dangers, although they are necessities.  ~Alfred North Whitehead

For i am a bear of very

For I am a bear of very little brain and long words bother me.  ~Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)