Words matter. These are the best Alphabet Quotes from famous people such as Hermann Ebbinghaus, Chris Abani, Virginia Postrel, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Josh Pais, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Out of the simple consonants of the alphabet and our eleven vowels and diphthongs all possible syllables of a certain sort were constructed, a vowel sound being placed between two consonants.
My books are often shelved around those of Chinua Achebe and Margaret Atwood, or Chimamanda Adichie and Monica Ali. All of this depends, of course, on the bookstore and how conversant the shelf stocker is with the alphabet.
For designers, the rigidity of an alphabet presents a never-ending artistic challenge: How do you do something new and still preserve the letters’ essential forms?
After the turmoil of the Second World War, my family ended up in Russian-occupied East Germany. When I attended fourth grade, I had to learn Russian as my first foreign language in school. I found this quite difficult because of the Cyrillic alphabet, but as time went on, I seemed to do all right.
I grew up in the East Village, in Alphabet City, when it was a very dangerous neighborhood. To survive there, I had to learn to be a little bit invisible.
The other day, I noticed I’d arranged my spices in alphabetical order when I was on the phone, without even realizing, and when I was a kid I was constantly cleaning and organizing things – my toys, my sister’s cosmetics.
I like all things grammatical, and I had already written several books about parts of speech, and even the alphabet, so everything that makes up a sentence and even a word was covered except for punctuation.
Having reached the halfway mark in the alphabet, my prime focus is on writing each new book as well as I can.
Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
I can’t imagine how much time it took Matt Bucy to cut up ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and reassemble every word of dialog into alphabetical order. The resulting movie is called ‘Of Oz the Wizard.’
The problem with State of the Union speeches is that they are, by their nature and design, alphabet soup. It’s hard to know what a president really cares about when they run down a laundry list and check every issue box under the sun for fear they will offend some constituency if they don’t.
Dictionary – opinion expressed as truth in alphabetical order.
My parents homeschooled my sister and me for many years. Why? Because the local school insisted that I, being three, should go to preschool, and my sister, being five, should go to kindergarten. The problem? You learn your alphabet in preschool, and I was already reading chapter books.
Why shouldn’t we give our teachers a license to obtain software, all software, any software, for nothing? Does anyone demand a licensing fee, each time a child is taught the alphabet?
A ‘philosophical dictionary’ is not a dictionary of philosophy that you use to look up obscure thinkers or recondite terms. It is a collection of brief and pithy essays on diverse topics, informed by one vision, and usually arranged in alphabetical order.
The quality I appreciated most about Grafton was her loyalty. She stuck with ‘Kinsey Millhone’ and the alphabet series conceit for her entire career but did not allow herself to stagnate as a writer. Kinsey’s first-person narrative gradually made room for other, third-person perspectives.
There are a limited number of letters in the alphabet. AFL? Nope, taken. BFL? Eh, doesn’t sound very good. CFL? Taken. DFL? What’s the D stand for?… They went all the way down the list, slept on it for a couple of days, came back – and, long story short, they said the XFL still has some brand equity.
The coral reef at Bonaire, one of the alphabet islands in the Caribbean, is so alive and healthy.
Words are the tools of ‘to be’ – of expression. They are completely built on the fact that you ‘are,’ and in order to express it, you have built a little alphabet, and you make your words from it.
In Bulgaria, they use the Cyrillic alphabet, which is completely different from ours. You can’t sound the words out, so you can’t read street signs or packages in the grocery store! You have to rely on pictures and guesses.
I’m not under any illusion that I’m an A-lister; I don’t think I’m even on the alphabet scale. But I’m in people’s houses every day – I’m there when they wake up and there when they go to bed. So people think they know who I am. And, to a certain extent, they do.
In Degas’s compositions with several dancers, their steps, postures and gestures often resemble the almost geometric, formal letters of an alphabet, whereas their bodies and heads are recalcitrant, sinuous and individual.
When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought that it would pay off.
Eventually I found it had been working all along-but didn’t show anything on screen until it had the first full page of text. I inserted 30 new lines, and suddenly my toy said ‘hEllO woRlD’. An hour later I understood alphabet shifting rather better!
When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible.
I didn’t learn the alphabet until I was 11.
I like Fisher Price music, nursery rhymes, and the alphabet song.
There is never going to be a substitute for face-to-face communication, but we have seen since the alphabet, to the telephone and now the Internet, that whenever people find a new way to communicate, they will flock to it.
I was terrible at straight items. When I wrote obituaries, my mother said the only thing I ever got them to do was die in alphabetical order.
What that book does for me is give me the tools in the same way that I had the tools when I learned the regular scales or the alphabet. If you give me the tools, the syntax, and the grammar, it still doesn’t tell me how to write Ulysses.
The atoms may be compared to the letters of the alphabet, which can be put together into innumerable ways to form words. So the atoms are combined in equal variety to form what are called molecules.
Possibly the strangest book ever made, the ‘Codex Seraphinianus’ is an encyclopedia of an imaginary world, with illegible calligraphy – it is written in an alphabet no one can understand – and surreal drawings of odd beasts and machines.
Our musical alphabet is poor and illogical.
I met a girl when I was in third grade. Kids were beating her up – she was deaf – so I walked her home. Her parents were deaf and they gave me the alphabet on a card. I learned it and taught my friends how to do the alphabet – which was outlawed in our school because we used to talk to each other in class.
The children of politicians learn the allure and tricks of politics along with their alphabet. They inherit a network of useful contacts, and – if they’re lucky – a name that confers instant voter recognition.
There is a triple layer of jargon when writing about climate change. You have the scientists, who are very cautious now because of the amount of climate denial. Then you have the U.N. jargon – I had to carry around a glossary of terms. It was like an alphabet soup.
English, unlike Hebrew, is read from left to right – as are clocks. The concepts of clockwise and counterclockwise are universal, irrespective of alphabet.
There are only so many letters in the alphabet. When I talk to young musicians or authors and they ask for advice, I say, ‘You gotta learn all the letters of your own personal alphabet. With music, you need to know all the different kinds of music and everything in and around your given instrument.’
Amazon has suffered quarters-long profit droughts. Alphabet has given its investors agita over profligate spending on non-core products. Microsoft’s growth – if not its profit engine – stalled for years, causing its stock to idle, too.
No matter how thoroughly a person may have learned the Greek alphabet, he will never be in a condition to repeat it backwards without further training.