William Godwin On Multiple Languages

William GodwinWilliam Godwin (March 3, 1756–April 7, 1836)

He that is acquainted with only one language, will probably always remain in some degree the slave of language… But the man who is competent to and exercised in the comparison of languages, has attained to his proper elevation. Language is not his master, but he is the master of language. Things hold their just order in his mind, ideas first, and then words. Words therefore are used by him as the means of communicating or giving permanence to his sentiments; and the whole magazine of his native tongue is subjected at his feet.