Semantics Quotes

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J.R.R. Tolkien
“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Douglas Adams
“Arthur: If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it?
Ford: We're safe.
Arthur: Oh good.
Ford: We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.
Arthur: Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Michael Pollan
“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”
Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Andy Weir
“I penetrated the outer cell membrane with a nanosyringe."
"You poked it with a stick?"
"No!" I said. "Well. Yes. But it was a scientific poke with a very scientific stick.”
Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Ambition’ is ‘greed’ rebranded.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
“We must think things not words, or at least we must constantly translate our words into the facts for which they stand, if we are to keep to the real and the true.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Howard Tayler
“Kevyn, Ennesby tells me you are building a time machine.

Actually I'm finished.

In one afternoon? Wow... Does it work?

After a fashion.

...

I put a whole lot of energy into it, and the next thing I knew it was time for dinner.
-Captain Tagon & Commander Andreyasn”
Howard Tayler, The Tub of Happiness

“All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.”
Felix Frankfurter

Walter M. Miller Jr.
“It is not what you meant to say, but it is what your saying meant.”
Walter M. Miller Jr.

David Duchovny
“The way they talked about what happened, Mary said, was almost more important than what had happened.”
David Duchovny, Truly Like Lightning

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Indescribable’ is the only accurate description of life.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Grace Metalious
“...and often Lisa thought bitterly of the ideas she had held on "college life" before coming to Denton, ideas and images culled from a hundred magazine stories and as many movies. Where were the convertibles, the secret bottles of liquor, the gay young men and their wild girl friends?”
Grace Metalious, The Tight White Collar

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A thing named, misnamed, unnamed, or renamed is still itself.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The most pitiful thing we can do is try to describe life.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Two of the biggest problems with language is that you can say what you do not mean to say, and that you can say what you do not mean.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, P for Pessimism: A Collection of Funny yet Profound Aphorisms

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We can ruin our enjoyment of a song by finding a translation of the lyrics into a language we understand.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The shortest sentence that adequately describes life is as long as the universe.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Being a great writer or speaker requires the appreciation of words, and that of the limits of language.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“After the evasion of the death of the human and that of the human race, the most useful use of words is to show or remind us of the limits of language.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“You can say too much without talking too much.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Sometimes it is, unbeknown to us, the name or the nickname, not the person or the thing, that is unknown to us.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The direction towards or away from sleep is what differentiates being half-awake from being half-asleep.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“You can know the name, but not understand or know the named.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“That you have to talk about only one thing many times does not mean that you have to say one thing many times.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“One demonstration is equivalent to one hundred explanations.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Amitav Ghosh
“So to say that you don't believe in the "supernatural" is a contradiction in terms - because it means that you also don't believe in the "natural". Neither can exist without the other.'
'Oh come on', I said impatiently. 'That's just semantics'.
'Yes, you're right. But the whole world is made up of semantics and yours are those of the seventeenth century. Even though you think you are modern.”
Amitav Ghosh

“Even the deepest possible description is superficial.”
@Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Scott Hershovitz
“Why are some words bad? The idea that they could be bothered me as a kid. Words are strings of sounds. How could sounds be bad? But of course: words aren’t just strings of sound. They are strings of sound to which we attach meaning. And yet it’s not the meaning of words that makes them bad either. Just consider this list: poop, crap, manure, dung, feces, stool. It’s all the same s**t. And yet, it’s only “s**t” we shouldn’t say. Why is that? F**k if I know.”
Scott Hershovitz, Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with Kids

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