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Edward Sapir Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Edward Sapir

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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

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

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

 

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is not supposed to be fair.
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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

Life is lived in the living.
Set aside convention, caution,
and arbitrary "rules" about how
life is supposed to be lived.
Choose! Explore! Adventure!
Live life to the fullest.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking
our cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is,
"Life is not supposed to be fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Get over it - Life isn't Supposed to be fair.
You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
Get over yourself, and be of service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

Right now, computers, which are supposed to be our servant,
are oppressing us.
- Jef Raskin

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change,
nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't start with a design objective,
I start with a communication objective.
I feel my project is successful if it communicates
what it is supposed to communicate.
- Mike Davidson

All the president is, is a glorified public relations
man who spends his time flattering,
kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what
they are supposed to do anyway.
- Harry S. Truman

My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be.
Everybody has their own path.
It's laid out for you.
It's just up to you to walk it.
- Justin Timberlake

One of the things that I think is such a constant in
country music is that the song is so much a story.
I believe it is supposed to be based around a story.
- Suzy Bogguss

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives,
or else to be a monster.
- George Eliot

It's supposed to be entertainment.
It's not supposed to be a documentary.
- Jeri Ryan

Fortunately, I was supposed to look confused and disoriented because,
God, I felt that way.
- Dick York

The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not,
as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.
- Robert Frost

If you are you, 24 hours a day, then you do not have
to remember who you are supposed to be in different situations -
something that I imagine could be troublesome.
- Bill Dixon

I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed
to do at the time you were supposed to do it.
- Robert Downey, Jr.

We thought that's the way you were supposed to be if
you were in a rock 'n' roll band.
Flamboyant.
- David Johansen

Everybody believes in psychiatry; it's supposed to be for our own good.
Let psychiatry prove that anybody has an illness,
and I'd concede, but there is no physical proof.
- Kate Millett

Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be.
- Bob Dylan

I was talking about no nukes, the farm crisis.
People said that wasn't stuff that a state auditor
was supposed to be talking about.
Maybe they were right.
- Paul Wellstone

The pictures of my family were designed to be on a family wall,
they were supposed to be together.
It was supposed to copy my mother's wall in her house.
- Annie Leibovitz

I still don't know quite what I'm supposed to do or be.
- Nikki Cox

I'm on this diet where you're supposed to eat only fish and meat.
- Lasse Hallstrom

A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story.
He's supposed to be completely immersed,
submerged in the environment.
- Jack Vance

You're not really supposed to like ABBA in Sweden.
It's nerdy.
- Izabella Scorupco

A federal judge did as he was supposed to do and upheld the Constitution.
We should be thankful that we have judiciary that will do that.
- Michael Newdow

I would not know how I am supposed to feel about many
stories if not for the fact that the TV news personalities
make sad faces for sad stories and happy faces for happy stories.
- Dave Barry

I thought you were supposed to be flying this thing,
not pleasuring it.
- Paul Gallagher

Isn't cricket supposed to be a team sport? I feel people
should decide first whether cricket is a team game or an individual sport.
- Sachin Tendulkar

Journalists are supposed to be skeptical,
that's what keeps them digging rather than simply accepting the official line,
whether it comes from government or corporate bureaucrats.
- Linda Chavez

Anyone can do any amount of work
provided it isn't the work
he is supposed to be doing at the moment.
- Robert Benchley

We had this scene where I'm supposed to be bending over to get something.
I thought it was kind of cute.
- Melinda Clarke

What is my calling? What am I supposed to do? I think running for office,
public office, can be a divine calling.
I mean, I've wrestled with that very question myself.
- Jim Wallis

Feelings are not supposed to be logical.
Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.
- David Borenstein


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