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Quotations: Semantics & Words

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Semantics & Words

“What we cannot speak of, we must pass over in silence.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein


Quotations Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” —Henrik Ibsen

“Action expresses priorities.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation.” —Walter Benjamin

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” —Edgar Allan Poe

“All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.” —Orson Card

“And thus among distinctions made, there are distinctions that cannot be made; among things expounded, there are things that cannot be expounded.” —Chung Tzu

“As was his language so was his life.” —Seneca

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” —Buddha

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” —I Peter 1:15

“By far the best proof is experience.” —Bacon

“Cheesecake is not cake but pie. Pie has a crust and cake does not, and cheesecake has a crust. Pie is all about the filling and cake is not, and cheesecake is all about the filling. Pie does not focus on flour but cake focuses on flour, and the crust and filling in good cheesecake contains no flour. Still, since we call cheese-egg pie ‘cheesecake’ then that is its name despite it being a misnomer.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Common sense is not so common.” —Voltaire

“Do not say, ‘It is morning,” and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.” —Rabindranath Tagore

“Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.” —Spanish proverb

“Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.” —Psalms 28:3

“Every man take the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every way of classifying a thing is but a way of handling it for some particular purpose.” —William James

“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.” —Samuel Beckett

“Everything that can be said can be said clearly.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Experience is not what happens to you, it’s how you interpret what happens to you.” —Aldous Huxley

“Facts can’t feel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t figure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t fix.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” —Epictetus

“Foolishness always results when the tongue outraces the brain.” —Unknown

“How can it be known that what I call knowing is not really not knowing and what I call not knowing is not really knowing?” —Chung Tzu

“Identity is invariably false to facts.” —Alfred Korzybski

“In theory, practice and theory are the same. In practice they are not.”—unknown (Falsely attributed to Yogi Berra and others, but perhaps it is from Jan van de Snepscheut.)

“It is an immutable law of business that words are words, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.” —Harold S. Geneen, CEO and President of ITT

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” —Epictetus

“Knowledge does not do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not get it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not know.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge has no intelligence.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge is an addiction, as drink; knowledge does not bring understanding. Knowledge can be taught, but not wisdom; there must be freedom from knowledge for the coming of wisdom.” —J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living, First Series, p. 169

“Knowledge is not it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Language does not touch the one who lives in us.” —Rumi

“Negative thinking is the highest form of intelligence.” —Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986: Indian philosopher, Commentaries on Living, Second Series, p. 71

“Never trust words. Some people have sugar on their lips but venom in their hearts.” —unknown

“Nothing is either clear or unclear except your thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Nothing makes sense only beings make sense.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” —Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

“Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.” —Woody Allen, Manhattan

“Now Tao by its very nature can never be defined.” —Chung Tzu

“Once you label me, you negate me.” —Søren Kierkegaard

“Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.” —Alan Watts

“Parts exist only for purposes of figuring and describing, and as we figure the world out we become confused if we do not remember this all the time.” —Alan Watts

“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” —Proverbs 16:24

“Revere those things beyond science which really matter and about which it is so difficult to speak.”―Werner Heisenberg

“Sentimentality and emotionalism have nothing whatsoever to do with love.” —J. Krishnamurti

“Some man holdeth his tongue, because he hath not to answer: and some keepeth silence, knowing his time.” —Ecclesiasticus 20:6

“Speech by its very nature cannot express the absolute.” —Chung Tzu

“The analysis of error begins with the analysis of language.” —Hans Reichenbach, The Rise of Scientific Philosophy

“The battle plan is not the battle.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

“The blueprint is not the building.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The correct way of living is not found simply by discussing the theory of it. Even without study you can experience it, but you have to live it.” —Dhammapada: A Proper Life, verse 259

“The description is not the described.” —J. Krishnamurti

“The expressed is not the experienced.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The fact is one thing and the idea about the fact is another.” —J. Krishnamurti

“The first duty of love is to listen.” —Paul Tillich, 1886-1965

“The map is not the territory.” —Alfred Korzybski

“The mind’s job is to validate what it thinks.” —Byron Katie

“The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence; by asking this question one is merely admitting to a store of unsatisfied libido to which something else must have happened, a kind of fermentation leading to sadness and depression.” —Sigmund Freud

“The most precious things in speech are pauses.” —Ralph Richardson

“The pieces of a chariot are not a chariot.” —Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (39), translated by VJ Henry

“The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do” —B. F. Skinner

“The reality we can put into words is never reality itself.” ―Werner Heisenberg

“The revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.” —George Orwell

“The river you see today is gone tomorrow; despite this, you look tomorrow and see it again.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The thought is not the thing.” —Alfred Korzybski

“The thought is not the thing.” —J. Krishnamurti

“The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.” —Hazrat Inayat Khan

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of color, one against another” —Edouard Manet

“There is nothing permanent except variation.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Therefore that knowledge which stops at what it does not know, is the highest knowledge.” —Chung Tzu

“Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” —Immanuel Kant

“Thus the negative perception is the triumph of consciousness.” —Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947: British mathematician and philosopher

“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.” —Lao Tzu

“We can complain of nothing but ourselves.” —Seneca

“We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” ―Werner Heisenberg

“We know hardly anything adequately, few things a priori, and most things through experience.” ―Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“We need silence to be able to touch souls.” —Mother Teresa

“We ought to inquire as to what sort of knowledge human reason is capable of attainting before we set about acquiring knowledge of things in particular.” —Rene Descartes

“What we cannot speak of, we must pass over in silence.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” —John Ruskin

“What you believe you experience.” —J. Krishnamurti

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (paraphrased)

“What you know, you know, what you don’t know, you don’t know. This is true wisdom.” —Confucius

“Whatever you say something is–it is not.” —Alfred Korzybski

“When one has an image about oneself one is surely insane, one lives in a world of illusion.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Flight of the Eagle, p. 57

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” —T. S. Eliot

“Words differently arranged have a different meaning and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.” —Blaise Pascal

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” —Aphorism

“Your body does not eliminate poisons by knowing their names. To try to control fear or depression or boredom by calling them names is to resort to superstition of trust in curses and invocations.” —Alan Watts

“Your focus becomes your experience.” —William James

“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” —Marcus Aurelius


3D: Daily Dose of Discernment: 2019

#Word #Logic: 2019-01-27

1. When the logic of words is considered more important than the logic of realities, truth becomes the enemy.

2. When the logic of words is considered more important than the logic of realities, then all freedoms can be removed in the name of freedom.

3. When the logic of words is considered more important than the logic of realities, then persecution and genocide can be considered as acts of justice.

4. When the logic of words is considered more important than the logic of realities, then all arguments can be defeated with emotions and without any need for evidence.

5. When the logic of words is considered more important than the logic of realities, then nothing will be understood as what it is but only as to how it might serve political opinion.


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