“All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.”-Robert Louis Stevenson
“The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.”-George Orwell
20 Victorian Terms That Seem Oddly Modern [courtesy Anglophenia]
The above article reminded me of an earlier one from mental_floss:
Bonus points go to Anglophenia for mentioning (and running a photograph of) Jarvis Cocker!
“Stability in language is synonymous with rigor mortis.”-Ernest Weekley