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Intended to serve as an introduction to both the linguistic
and also the practical study of spoken English.
- Henry Sweet

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic,
philosophical preoccupation...
discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate,
elementary experience.
- Robert Morgan

Why does everyone cling to the masculine imagery and
pronouns even though they are a mere linguistic device
that has never meant that God is male?
- Carol P. Christ

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism,
and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation
who went to war against fascism.
- P. D. James

 

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.
- Jean Piaget

A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic
sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.
- Roman Jakobson

The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax,
are fascinating: how important connotation is,
what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.
- Marilyn Hacker

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Linguistic sounds, considered as external,
physical phenomena have two aspects,
the motor and the acoustic.
- Roman Jakobson

Logical positivists have never taken psychology into
account in their epistemology,
but they affirm that logical beings and mathematical
beings are nothing but linguistic structures.
- Jean Piaget

Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.
- Paul de Man

Every linguistic sign is located on two axes:
the axis of simultaneity and that of succession.
- Roman Jakobson

If we ask a vague question, such as,
'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer,
such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,'
or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
- A. R. Ammons

If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory,
then, obviously, the only possible link between the
objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure,
and structure alone.
- Alfred Korzybski

Literature that keeps employing new linguistic and
formal modes of expression to draft a panorama of society
as a whole while at the same time exposing it,
tearing the masks from its face - for me that would
be deserving of an award.
- Elfriede Jelinek

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

Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language,
that is in the philosophical debate.
Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.
- Robert Fripp

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

At the same time we overlap, because,
I do linguistics, and Ben did a first degree in Linguistics at Lancaster University,
so he knows some of my subject.
- David Crystal

The marvelous thing is that even in studying linguistics,
we find that the universe as a whole is patterned,
ordered, and to some degree intelligible to us.
- Kenneth L. Pike

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

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

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

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

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.
- Anonymous

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times,
always with the same person.
- Germaine Greer

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

Love does not consist in gazing at each other,
but in looking outward together in the same direction.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What is it about sameness that so draws me,
and how could I begin to have
that same kind of attraction to change?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am not the same having seen the moon shine
on the other side of the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Most of us are prisoners of habit,
and don't even notice that we do the same things,
think the same things, want the same things each day -
mostly without conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone has a "best friend" during each stage of life,
but only a precious few have the same one.
- Anonymous

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
- Abraham Lincoln

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands:
not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
- Colin Wilson

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
- Doug Floyd

All people know the same truth.
Our lives consist of how we chose to distort it.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

As we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

We may have all come on different ships,
but we're in the same boat now.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of
you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns,
then your marriage is a gift from the gods.
- Bill Cosby

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

My coat and I live comfortably together.
It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere,
has moulded itself on my deformities,
and is complacent to all my movements,
and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm.
Old coats and old friends are the same thing.
- Victor Hugo

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

All paths are the same, leading nowhere.
Therefore, pick a path with heart!
- Carlos Castaneda

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

There are only four questions of value in life...
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for,
and what is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same: only love.
- Johnny Depp as Don Juan in the movie Don Juan De Marco

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

Sadness is nothing more than the absence of joy
in the same way that darkness
is nothing more than the absence of light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein

Not chance of birth or place has made us friends,
Being oftentimes of different tongues and nations,
But the endeavor for the selfsame ends,
With the same hopes, and fears, and aspirations.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil.
If they would only expend the same
amount of energy loving their fellow men,
the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
- Helen Keller

Celebration has many different outfits
but she always wears the same beautiful dancing shoes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

By nature, we are all creatures of habit.
We instinctively adopt familiar routines for most activities.
We eat about the same number of meals each day -
at more or less the same times.
We have a regular pattern of sleeping -
unless it is perturbed by illness or shift work.
Most everything we do is habitual.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Miracles are a retelling in small letters
of the very same story
which is written across the whole world
in letters too large for some of us to see.
- C. S. Lewis


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