"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."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."David Crystal on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."David Crystal on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."David Crystal on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."David Crystal on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."David Crystal on John F. Kennedy
"As I get older and I get a few more years experience I become more like Dad, you know, King Lear."
"Academics don't normally manage to alter people's way of thinking through their strength of argument."