My name has the perfect number of characters.
“Why would someone learn 20 or 50 languages?
“Hyperpolyglot, Alexander Arguelles (…) wants to explore his consciousness, to encounter a language as a living entity, and to collect the esoteric knowledge of these encounters. “Most of the languages I’ve studied I’ve never spoken, and I probably never will,” he told me. “And that’s okay with me. That’s nice if you can do that, but it’s rare that you have an interesting conversation in English. Why do I think it would be any better in another language?”
— Alexander Arguelles, American scholar of foreign languages, polyglot, Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from ‘Babel No More’, cited in Michael Erard, Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners, Free Press, 2012. (via amiquote)