The Meaning of Meaning: A Study of the Influence of Language Upon Thought and of the Science of Symbolism

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K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Company, Limited, 1927 - Language and languages - 544 pages
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Page 77 - La Nature est un temple où de vivants piliers Laissent parfois sortir de confuses paroles; L'homme y passe à travers des forêts de symboles Qui l'observent avec des regards familiers.
Page 1 - He who knows does not speak, he who speaks does not know.
Page 307 - A statement, spoken in real life, is never detached from the situation in which it has been uttered. For each verbal statement by a human being has the aim and function of expressing some thought or feeling actual at that moment and in that situation, and necessary for some reason or other to be made known to another person or persons — in order either to serve purposes of common action, or to establish ties of purely social communion, or else to deliver the speaker of violent feelings or passions....
Page 315 - I am tempted to call it, actuated by the demon of terminological invention — a type of speech in which ties of union are created by a mere exchange of words.
Page 18 - The meaning of words had no longer the same relation to things, but was changed by them as they thought proper. Reckless daring was held to be loyal courage ; prudent delay was the excuse of a coward ; moderation was the disguise of unmanly weakness ; to know everything was to do nothing. Frantic energy was the true quality of a man.
Page 139 - tis not reason, which carries the prize, but eloquence ; and no man needs ever despair of gaining proselytes to the most extravagant hypothesis, who has art enough to represent it in any favourable colours. The victory is not gained by the men at arms, who manage the pike and the sword; but by the trumpeters, drummers, and musicians of the army.
Page 311 - The structure of all this linguistic material is inextricably mixed up with, and dependent upon, the course of the activity in which the utterances are embedded.
Page 11 - Between the symbol and the referent there is no relevant relation other than the indirect one, which consists in its being used by someone to stand for a referent.
Page 305 - I have tried to make clear by analysis of a primitive linguistic text is that language is essentially rooted in the reality of the culture, the tribal life and customs of a people, and that it cannot be explained without constant reference to these broader contexts of verbal utterance.
Page 310 - Speech is the necessary means of communion ; it is the one indispensable instrument for creating the ties of the moment without which unified social action is impossible.

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