“A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible.”—
George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language.” 1946.
“(the CamSur governor is dedicated to showing off his province) while the governor of Cebu is dedicated to showing off her face, apil pa ang iyang kabayo. So, tan-awa ra nalupig gyud ang Cebu Province”—the one and the only Tommy Osmena (sunstar 05nov2010)
“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”—Bertrand Russell (via tmblg)