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Benjamin Whorf Quotes

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We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language.
- Benjamin Whorf

Most metaphysical words in Hopi are verbs,
not nouns as in European languages.
- Benjamin Whorf

Language is not simply a reporting device for experience
but a defining framework for it.
- Benjamin Whorf

My analysis was directed toward purely physical conditions,
such as defective wiring, presence of lack of air spaces
between metal flues and woodwork,
etc., and the results were presented in these terms.
- Benjamin Whorf

 

At the same time, new concepts and abstractions flow into the picture,
taking up the task of describing the universe without
reference to such time or space -
abstractions for which our language lacks adequate terms.
- Benjamin Whorf

But in due course it became evident that not only a
physical situation qua physics,
but the meaning of that situation to people,
was sometimes a factor, through the behavior of people,
in the start of a fire.
- Benjamin Whorf

Too long has the public mind considered religion to
be synonymous with priestcraft.
- Benjamin Whorf

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I think when you dissect a joke too much,
you have ruined whatever there is in comedy.
- Bob Saget

The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open
for the next installment.
- Chris Hedges

Yet there are some people - Steve Allen would dissect comedy forever;
he's a really funny guy,
but he would love talking about comedy.
I'm doing it right now and you all seem bored.
- Bob Saget

If you wanted to dissect the structure of living cells,
genetic analysis was an extremely powerful method,
so my interest turned to that.
- Joshua Lederberg

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid,
something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet.
And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect
and investigate in this memoir project.
- Alison Bechdel

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
and what you do
are in harmony.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prayer is not asking for what you think you want,
but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine.
- Kathleen Norris

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson

I am a being of free-will,
and I CHOOSE each and every action I make,
every thought I think, and every emotion I feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

A great gift requires two people,
the giver and the receiver.
Think of a football pass -
skillfully catching the pass, the gift,
is fully as important, and difficult, as throwing it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

God is not what you imagine
or what you think you understand.
If you understand you have failed.
- Saint Augustine

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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