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Benjamin Whorf Quotes and Sayings

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We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language.
- Benjamin Whorf

Too long has the public mind considered religion to
be synonymous with priestcraft.
- Benjamin Whorf

Language is not simply a reporting device for experience
but a defining framework for it.
- Benjamin Whorf

Most metaphysical words in Hopi are verbs,
not nouns as in European languages.
- Benjamin Whorf

 

At the same time, new concepts and abstractions flow into the picture,
taking up the task of describing the universe without
reference to such time or space -
abstractions for which our language lacks adequate terms.
- Benjamin Whorf

But in due course it became evident that not only a
physical situation qua physics,
but the meaning of that situation to people,
was sometimes a factor, through the behavior of people,
in the start of a fire.
- Benjamin Whorf

My analysis was directed toward purely physical conditions,
such as defective wiring, presence of lack of air spaces
between metal flues and woodwork,
etc., and the results were presented in these terms.
- Benjamin Whorf

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I think when you dissect a joke too much,
you have ruined whatever there is in comedy.
- Bob Saget

The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open
for the next installment.
- Chris Hedges

If you wanted to dissect the structure of living cells,
genetic analysis was an extremely powerful method,
so my interest turned to that.
- Joshua Lederberg

Yet there are some people - Steve Allen would dissect comedy forever;
he's a really funny guy,
but he would love talking about comedy.
I'm doing it right now and you all seem bored.
- Bob Saget

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid,
something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet.
And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect
and investigate in this memoir project.
- Alison Bechdel

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino PHOTO

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. PHOTO

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank PHOTO

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie PHOTO

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Wonder what opportunities you pass, unwittingly,
because your hands are so busy clasping
what you think you have always known.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

Whether you think you can,
or think you can't,
you're right.
- Henry Ford

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
and what you do
are in harmony.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Those who know how to think need no teachers.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela


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