Semantics Quotes

We should not be surprised that we find meaningless noises in the foundation of many old philosophies, and that from them arise most of the old philosophical fights and arguments.

Alfred Korzybski

a few philosophers really do important work. This applies to the so called critical philosophy and to the theory of knowledge or epistemology. This class of workers I call epistemologists to avoid the disagreeable implications of the term philosopher.

Alfred Korzybski

In the rough, a symbol is a sign that stands for something Before a noise, etc., may become a symbol, something must exist for the symbol to symbolize.

Alfred Korzybski

If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.

Alfred Korzybski

Creative semantics is the key to contemporary government; it consists of talking in strange tongues lest the public learn the inevitable inconveniently early.

George F. Will

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

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

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