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Edward Sapir Quotes and Sayings

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No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be
considered as representing the same social reality.
- Edward Sapir

French and German illustrate the misleading character
of apparent grammatical simplicity just as well.
- Edward Sapir

A logical analysis of reflexive usages in French shows,
however, that this simplicity is an illusion and that,
so far from helping the foreigner, it is more calculated to bother him.
- Edward Sapir

More and more, unsolicited gifts from without are likely
to be received with unconscious resentment.
- Edward Sapir

 

National languages are all huge systems of vested interests
which sullenly resist critical inquiry.
- Edward Sapir

A standard international language should not only be simple,
regular, and logical, but also rich and creative.
- Edward Sapir

We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely
as we do because the language habits of our community
predispose certain choices of interpretation.
- Edward Sapir

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One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility
of using the same word as noun and verb.
- Edward Sapir

The supposed inferiority of a constructed language
to a national one on the score of richness of connotation is,
of course, no criticism of the idea of a constructed language.
- Edward Sapir

It is no secret that the fruits of language study are
in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them.
- Edward Sapir

It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd
into an international language all those local overtones
of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist.
- Edward Sapir

Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting
to realize itself as a strictly historical science.
- Edward Sapir

A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries
of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time,
labour, and money in providing for translation services.
- Edward Sapir

In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors,
one's own language above all.
- Edward Sapir

I am convinced that the stratigraphic method will in
the future enable archaeology to throw far more light
on the history of American culture than it has done in the past.
- Edward Sapir

These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French,
all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied
almost without limit and apply to all national languages.
- Edward Sapir

A common creation demands a common sacrifice,
and perhaps not the least potent argument in favour
of a constructed international language is the fact
that it is equally foreign,
or apparently so, to the traditions of all nationalities.
- Edward Sapir

As a matter of fact, a national language which spreads
beyond its own confines very quickly loses much of
its original richness of content and is in no better
case than a constructed language.
- Edward Sapir

The modern mind tends to be more and more critical
and analytical in spirit,
hence it must devise for itself an engine of expression
which is logically defensible at every point and which
tends to correspond to the rigorous spirit of modern science.
- Edward Sapir

No important national language, at least in the Occidental world,
has complete regularity of grammatical structure,
nor is there a single logical category which is adequately
and consistently handled in terms of linguistic symbolism.
- Edward Sapir

A common allegiance to form of expression that is identified
with no single national unit is likely to prove one
of the most potent symbols of the freedom of the human
spirit that the world has yet known.
- Edward Sapir

The attitude of independence toward a constructed language
which all national speakers must adopt is really a great advantage,
because it tends to make man see himself as the master
of language instead of its obedient servant.
- Edward Sapir

Human beings do not live in the objective world alone,
nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood,
but are very much at the mercy of the particular language
which has become the medium of expression for their society.
- Edward Sapir

Impatience translates itself into a desire to have
something immediate done about it all,
and, as is generally the case with impatience,
resolves itself in the easiest way that lies ready to hand.
- Edward Sapir

So far as the advocates of a constructed international language are concerned,
it is rather to be wondered at how much in common their proposals actually have,
both in vocabulary and in general spirit of procedure.
- Edward Sapir

English, once accepted as an international language,
is no more secure than French has proved to be as the
one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin
has proved to be as the international language of science.
- Edward Sapir

The spirit of logical analysis should in practice blend
with the practical pressure for the adoption of some
form of international language,
but it should not allow itself to be stampeded by it.
- Edward Sapir

A second type of direct evidence is formed by statements,
whether as formal legends or personal information,
regarding the age or relative sequence of events in
tribal history made by the natives themselves.
- Edward Sapir

It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts
to reality essentially without the use of language
and that language is merely an incidental means of
solving specific problems of communication or reflection.
- Edward Sapir

The psychology of a language which, in one way or another,
is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control,
is very different from the psychology of a language
which one accepts of one's free will.
- Edward Sapir

Both French and Latin are involved with nationalistic
and religious implications which could not be entirely shaken off,
and so, while they seemed for a long time to have solved
the international language problem up to a certain point,
they did not really do so in spirit.
- Edward Sapir

Comparison of statements made at different periods
frequently enable us to give maximal and minimal dates
to the appearance of a cultural element or to assign
the time limits to a movement of population.
- Edward Sapir

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein PHOTO

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2


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