“If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy. ”
There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception. –James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)
Too often, look and feel, color scheme, layout, and identity are presented as solutions to problems discussed in these conversations long before regard is given to other less-aesthetic issues that may very well be the root of the problem. The old warning against treating symptom rather than cause comes to mind.
– Cameron Moll
Modern English is the Wal-Mart of languages: convenient, huge, hard to avoid, superficially friendly, and devouring all rivals in its eagerness to expand. -Mark Abley, journalist (b. 1955)
“Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey.” -Roman Jakobson, linguist (1896-1982).
Poetry, indeed, cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language. –Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784).