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Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes and Sayings

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The critical principle demanded an examination,
for instance, of the contribution of different periods,
thus to some extent embarking on historical linguistics.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Everyone, left to his own devices, forms an idea about
what goes on in language which is very far from the truth.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Nearly all institutions, it might be said,
are based on signs, but these signs do not directly evoke things.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Whitney wanted to eradicate the idea that in the case
of a language we are dealing with a natural faculty;
in fact,
social institutions stand opposed to natural institutions.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

 

A language presupposes that all the individual users possess the organs.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

The first of these phases is that of grammar,
invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French.
It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed
merely towards correcting grammar.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

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Within speech, words are subject to a kind of relation
that is independent of the first and based on their linkage:
these are syntagmatic relations,
of which I have spoken.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

It is useful to the historian, among others,
to be able to see the commonest forms of different phenomena,
whether phonetic, morphological or other,
and how language lives, carries on and changes over time.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

The business, task or object of the scientific study
of languages will if possible be 1) to trace the history of all known languages.
Naturally this is possible only to a very limited extent
and for very few languages.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

It is one of the aims of linguistics to define itself,
to recognise what belongs within its domain.
In those cases where it relies upon psychology,
it will do so indirectly, remaining independent.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

In fact, from then on scholars engaged in a kind of
game of comparing different Indo-European languages with one another,
and eventually they could not fail to wonder what exactly
these connections showed,
and how they should be interpreted in concrete terms.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

It is only since linguistics has become more aware of its object of study,
i.e.
perceives the whole extent of it, that it is evident
that this science can make a contribution to a range
of studies that will be of interest to almost anyone.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

In general, the philological movement opened up countless
sources relevant to linguistic issues,
treating them in quite a different spirit from traditional grammar;
for instance,
the study of inscriptions and their language.
But not yet in the spirit of linguistics.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Linguistics will have to recognise laws operating universally in language,
and in a strictly rational manner, separating general
phenomena from those restricted to one branch of languages or another.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

The very special place that a language occupies among
institutions is undeniable,
but there is much more to be said-, a comparison would
tend rather to bring out the differences.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Any psychology of sign systems will be part of social psychology -
that is to say,
will be exclusively social; it will involve the same
psychology as is applicable in the case of languages.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Outside speech, the association that is made in the
memory between words having something in common creates different groups,
series, families, within which very diverse relations
obtain but belonging to a single category:
these are associative relations.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful
member of the world community.
- Adam Schiff

In critical moments men sometimes see
exactly what they wish to see.
- the character Spock of the television series Star Trek

The critical period of matrimony is breakfast-time.
- A. P. Herbert

And let's be clear: It's not enough just to limit ads
for foods that aren't healthy.
It's also going to be critical to increase marketing
for foods that are healthy.
- Michelle Obama

I love my dad, although I'm definitely critical of him sometimes,
like when his pants are too tight.
But I love him so much and I try to be really supportive of him.
- Liv Tyler

Stem cell research holds enormous promise for easing human suffering,
and federal support is critical to its success.
- Tom Harkin

One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word.
A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time
when deeds are called for.
- Euripides

My efforts in Congress are guided by the belief that
environmental preservation and restoration are a critical
part of the legacy we leave to future generations.
- Sue Kelly

You get a show where people are jumping up and dancing,
but it's not a critical event in the sense of profound catharsis.
Essentially it's celebratory.
- Archie Shepp

Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical
of other people's children and publicly admit they
can do better are asking for it.
- Erma Bombeck

When the size of the group supporting your cause reaches a critical mass,
any legislator or elected official has to pay attention.
- Mark Shields

That's when the great stuff happens,
when you're not checking yourself all the time,
being critical of yourself and what other people are doing.
- Carol Kane

I used some vivid language that, if I could take it back,
I'd take it back.
It's not my intention to be personally critical of
the President or of anyone else.
- Paul O'Neill

I try to keep myself on an even keel by trying to be
as critical of myself as I am of other people.
I try to separate my performance from myself.
- Damon Hill

The relationship between the public and the artist
is complex and difficult to explain.
There is a fine line between using this critical energy
creatively and pandering to it.
- Andy Goldsworthy

We held the team together for as long as possible and
then sent all except the most critical personnel home.
- Bo Gritz

Our country stands at a critical point in its history.
Our heritage as a nation of immigrants is at stake.
- Roger Mahony

Design is so critical it should be on the agenda of
every meeting in every single department.
- Tom Peters

Today's global landscape is increasingly interconnected.
China and the Middle East play critical roles towards
international peace and security.
- Rick Larsen

I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste.
And if that means being critical, so be it.
I hate political correctness.
I absolutely loathe it.
- Simon Cowell

So, for me, working with larger companies has often been very satisfying,
precisely because of the ability of bringing critical
mass to bear on a given effort.
- Vinton Cerf

With the media, I could be quick and ugly and critical.
I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve.
- Payne Stewart

I strongly support the call to greatly expand our human
intelligence capability to penetrate al Qaeda and gather
critical intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks on our homeland.
- Jim Ramstad

I see the cartoonist as contributing to the content,
being critical, because we do poke holes in some of
the dialogue and find new ways of seeing things.
- Jonathan Shapiro

I've been involved with blood donation since the 1980s
because there is a critical need.
- Donna Reed

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical
faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is easier to be critical than correct.
- Benjamin Disraeli

From birth to death, anyone can fish.
I just think it's fantastic to see old people going
fishing with young people and teaching them things.
I'm very, very critical.
- Rex Hunt

It doesn't matter who you are, how many awards you've won,
how popular you are, or how much critical acclaim you've had.
- David Guterson

People at .08 are too impaired to drive.
Studies show that at .08, the ability to perform critical
driving functions is decreased by as much as 60 percent.
- Frank Lautenberg

Coal is absolutely critical to our nation's economic
health and global competitiveness.
- Jerry Costello

At the bottom, the elimination of spyware and the preservation
of privacy for the consumer are critical goals if the
Internet is to remain safe and reliable and credible.
- Cliff Stearns

It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous.
It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.
- Robert Motherwell

That Germany was so immensely strong and Austria so
dependent upon German strength that the word and will
of Germany would at the critical moment be decisive with Austria.
- Edward Grey

We seem to be our own worst enemies.
We should require critical U.S.
infrastructure to remain in U.S.
hands.
- Duncan Hunter

Our lifestyle, our wildlife, our land and our water
remain critical to our definition of Wyoming and to our economic future.
- Dave Freudenthal

Year Two is a critical year for any television show.
- Josh Schwartz

This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical,
and that makes a lie out of the freedoms.
- Joni Mitchell

My project was radiation damage of Si and Ge by energetic electrons,
critical for the use of the recently developed semiconductor
devices for applications in outer space.
- Walter Kohn

The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high
in office at a critical moment influences the course
of events for a hundred years.
- Thomas Hardy

Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.
- Edward Everett Hale

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
- Benjamin Disraeli

While many people think that we as reporters are whining
and that this is a time of war,
we are really the conveyors of truth in a very critical
time and people need to know that truth.
- Judd Rose

The critical point is that the Constitution places
the right of silence beyond the reach of government.
- William O. Douglas

The higher the general average of intelligence,
all things else being equal, the less the disposition to be meddlesome,
critical, and overbearing.
- Paul Harris

Reaching out to Hispanics is critical to our future.
The fastest-growing, and most conservative,
segment of the population are natural Republicans.
- Ken Mehlman

Religion and morality are critical to how students
think about politics and form opinions on political issues.
- Jeanne Shaheen


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