Esperanto was a very useful language, because wherever you went, you found someone to speak with.
My advice to all who have the time or inclination to concern themselves with the international language movement would be: 'Back Esperanto loyally.'j. r. r. tolkien
It was just as the 1914 War burst on me that I made the discovery that 'legends' depend on the language to which they belong; but a living language depends equally on the 'legends' which it conveys by tradition. ... Volapuk, Esperanto, Ido, Novial, &c &c are dead, far deader than ancient unused languages, because their authors never invented any Esperanto legends...j. r. r. tolkien
Esperanto was a very useful language, because wherever you went, you found someone to speak with. -- George Soros
Asked about what impresses her most about Esperanto conferences:
If one takes pleasure in calling the gold standard a "barbarous relic," one cannot object to the application of the same term to every historically determined institution. Then the fact that the British speak English — and not Danish, German, or French — is a barbarous relic too, and every Briton who opposes the substitution of Esperanto for English is no less dogmatic and orthodox than those who do not wax rapturous about the plans for a managed currency.ludwig von mises