"Academics don't normally manage to alter people's way of thinking through their strength of argument."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."David Crystal on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."David Crystal on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."David Crystal on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."David Crystal on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."David Crystal on Ernest Hemingway
"As I get older and I get a few more years experience I become more like Dad, you know, King Lear."
"Ever since the arrival of printing - thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put false opinions into people's minds - people have been arguing that new technology would have disastrous consequences for language."