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7/3/1879 - 3/1/1950
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…the analogy between the noises we make when these noises do not symbolize anything which exists, and the worthless checks we write when our bank balance is zero…

Law Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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It is now no mystery that some quite influential ‘philosophers’ were ‘mentally’ ill.

Law Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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Let us repeat the two crucial negative premises as established firmly by all human experience: (1) Words are not the things we are speaking about; and (2) There is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.

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Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.

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We should not be surprised that we find meaningless noises in the foundation of many old ‘philosophies’, and that from them arise most of the old ‘philosophical’ fights and arguments.

Law Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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…a few philosophers really do important work. This applies to the so called ‘critical philosophy’ and to the theory of knowledge or epistemology. This class of workers I call epistemologists to avoid the disagreeable implications of the term ‘philosopher’.

Law Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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In the rough, a symbol is a sign that stands for something… Before a noise, etc., may become a symbol, something must exist for the symbol to symbolize.

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If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.

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There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.

Sceptic Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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…the analogy between the noises we make when these noises do not symbolize anything which exists, and the worthless checks we write when our bank balance is zero…

Semantics Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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It is now no mystery that some quite influential ‘philosophers’ were ‘mentally’ ill.

Semantics Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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Let us repeat the two crucial negative premises as established firmly by all human experience: (1) Words are not the things we are speaking about; and (2) There is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.

Semantics Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.

Semantics Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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We should not be surprised that we find meaningless noises in the foundation of many old ‘philosophies’, and that from them arise most of the old ‘philosophical’ fights and arguments.

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Whatever you say it is, it isn't.

Semantics Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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…a few philosophers really do important work. This applies to the so called ‘critical philosophy’ and to the theory of knowledge or epistemology. This class of workers I call epistemologists to avoid the disagreeable implications of the term ‘philosopher’.

Semantics Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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In the rough, a symbol is a sign that stands for something… Before a noise, etc., may become a symbol, something must exist for the symbol to symbolize.

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If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.

Semantics Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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If we consider that all we deal with represents constantly changing sub-microscopic, interrelated processes which are not, and cannot be ‘identical with themselves’, the old dictum that ‘everything is identical with itself’ becomes in [today’s understanding of the universe] a principle invariably false to facts.

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The map is not the territory.

Inspirational Quotes, by Alfred Korzybski

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