Semantics Quotes

A memorable quote requires a shake of semantic shenanigans and a pinch of poetic pulchritude.

Rain Bojangles

Hence, a generative grammar must be a system of rules that can iterate to generate an indefinitely large number of structures. This system of rules can be analyzed into the three major components of a generative grammar: the syntactic, phonological, and semantic components.

Noam Chomsky

We must think things not words, or at least we must constantly translate our words into the facts for which they stand, if we are to keep to the real and the true.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The map is not the territory.

Count Alfred Korzybski

The model is not the muddle.

Robert Anton Wilson

Man's achievements rest on the use of symbols.

Korzybski

Man's achievements rest on the use of symbols.

Korzybski

To understand the symbolic process is to be able to use it to advantage; not to understand it is to remain forever its victim.

SI Hayakawa

Admittedly, as the economic "symbolism got farther and farther from reality, it required more and more ceremony to keep it up.

Robert H. Nelson

Most of us have, in some area or other of our thinking, improper habits of evaluation. For this, society itself is to blame: most societies systematically encourage, concerning certain topics, the habitual confusion of symbols with things symbolized.

SI Hayakawa

Some people always other people twist the meanings of words, especially during the course of an argument.

SI Hayakawa

Words, as every one now knows, "mean" nothing by themselves, although the belief that they did ... was once equally universal. It is only when a thinker makes use of them that they stand for anything, or, in one sense, have "meaning."

Ogden & Richards

Words may come between us and our objects in countless subtle ways ... they lead to the creation of bogus entities ...

Ogden & Richards

The syntactic component of a grammar must specify, for each sentence, a deep structure that determines its semantic interpretation and a surface structure that determines its phonetic interpretation.

Noam Chomsky

We thus make a fundamental distinction between the competence (the speaker-hearer's knowledge of his language) and performance (the actual use of language in concrete situations).

Noam Chomsky

We are so cleverly manipulated and influenced by the media and establishments on both the right and left, that the truth has become hopelessly lost in semantics.

Jules Carlysle

It's a matter of semantics, because you are creating an identical twin. Cloning is creating a replica of a person or an animal. This is creating what happens in nature every single day.

Hilton Kort

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning.

Mark Twain

A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.

Mark Twain

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus be.

Joseph Goebbels

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

Erich Fromm

If we consider that all we deal with represents constantly changing sub-microscopic, interrelated processes which are not, and cannot be identical with themselves, the old dictum that everything is identical with itself becomes in [todays u...

Alfred Korzybski

What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

Oscar Wilde

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Gustav Jung

You Can't Manage Stress Unless You Do These Three Things

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Updated On : June 25, 2013
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