Quotation by Walter Pater

Product of a myriad various minds and contending tongues, compact of obscure and minute association, a language has its own abundant and often recondite laws, in the habitual and summary recognition of which scholarship consists.
Walter Pater (1839–1894), British writer, educator. originally published in Fortnightly Review (Dec. 1888). "Style," p. 9, repr. In Appreciations, with an Essay on Style, Macmillan (1889).
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