„Men are the dominant sign-using animals. Animals other than man do, of course, respond to certain things as signs of something else, but such signs do not attain the complexity and elaboration which is found in human speech, writing, art, testing devices, medical diagnosis, and signaling instruments. Science and signs are inseparably interconnected, since science both presents men with more reliable signs and embodies its results is systems of signs. Human civilization is dependent upon signs and systems of signs, and the human mind is inseparable from the functioning of signs - if indeed mentality is not to be identified with such functioning.“

Quelle: "Foundations of the Theory of Signs," 1938, p. 1 (1971:17), Lead paragraph first chapter

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Charles W. Morris
US-amerikanischer Semiotiker und Philosoph 1903 - 1979

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„If the sign were not related to its object except by the mind thinking of them separately, it would not fulfil the function of a sign at all.“

—  Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914

On The Algebra of Logic (1885)
Kontext: If the sign were not related to its object except by the mind thinking of them separately, it would not fulfil the function of a sign at all. Supposing, then, the relation of the sign to its object does not lie in a mental association, there must be a direct dual relation of the sign to its object independent of the mind using the sign. In the second of the three cases just spoken of, this dual relation is not degenerate, and the sign signifies its object solely by virtue of being really connected with it. Of this nature are all natural signs and physical symptoms. I call such a sign an index, a pointing finger being the type of the class.
The index asserts nothing; it only says "There!" It takes hold of our eyes, as it were, and forcibly directs them to a particular object, and there it stops. Demonstrative and relative pronouns are nearly pure indices, because they denote things without describing them; so are the letters on a geometrical diagram, and the subscript numbers which in algebra distinguish one value from another without saying what those values are.

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„Peace treaties signed by the vanquished are not freely signed. Men sign with a knife at their throat, they sign in spite of themselves, in order to avoid still greater losses; they sign as men surrender their purse when it is a case of your money or your life.“

—  François Fénelon Catholic bishop 1651 - 1715

Les traités de paix ne couvrent rien, lorsque vous êtes le plus fort, & que vous réduisez vos voisins à signer le traité pour éviter de plus grands maux: alors il signe comme un particulier donne sa bourse à un voleur qui lui tient le pistolet sur la gorge.
Directions pour la conscience d'un roi (Paris: Estienne, 1775) p. 60; translation by A. Lentin, cited from Margaret Lucille Kekewich (ed.) Princes and Peoples: France and the British Isles, 1620-1714 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994) p. 226. (c. 1694).

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„The process in which something functions as a sign may be called semiosis.“

—  Charles W. Morris American philosopher 1903 - 1979

This process, in a tradition which goes back to the Greeks, has commonly been regarded as involving three (or four) factors: that which acts as a sign, that which the sign refers to, and the effect on some interpreter in virtue of which the thing in question is a sign to that interpreter. These three components in semiosis may be called, respectively, the sign vehicle, the designatum, and the interpretant; the interpreter may be included as a fourth factor. These terms make explicit the factors left undesignated in the common statement that a sign refers to something for someone.
Quelle: "Foundations of the Theory of Signs," 1938, p. 3

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„Distinctive signs, full signs, never seduce us.“

—  Jean Baudrillard French sociologist and philosopher 1929 - 2007

Quelle: 1980s, The Ecstasy of Communication (1987), p. 59

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„Signs are not empirical objects. Empirical objects become signs (or they are looked at as signs) only from the point of view of a philosophical decision.“

—  Umberto Eco, buch Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language

[O] : Introduction, 0.6
Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language (1984)

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„The reason everybody signed up for a computer was that everybody else was signing up for a computer.“

—  George Goodman American author and economics commentator 1930 - 2014

Quelle: The Money Game (1968), Chapter 12, Computers And Computeers, p. 169

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„The funny thing about stop signs is that they're also start signs.“

—  Maureen Johnson, The Key to the Golden Firebird

Quelle: The Key to the Golden Firebird

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„Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.“

—  Tenzin Gyatso spiritual leader of Tibet 1935

As quoted in Words Of Wisdom: Selected Quotes by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2001) edited by Margaret Gee, p. 71.

„Since I have neither sign nor name
I shall speak only of things unnamed and without sign.“

—  Attar of Nishapur Persian Sufi poet 1145 - 1221

As quoted in Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew Poems (2001) by Bernard Lewis, p. 119
Kontext: I shall grasp the soul's skirt with my hand
and stamp on the world's head with my foot.
I shall trample Matter and Space with my horse,
beyond all Being I shall utter a great shout,
and in that moment when I shall be alone with Him,
I shall whisper secrets to all mankind.
Since I have neither sign nor name
I shall speak only of things unnamed and without sign.

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„The entire universe is perfused with signs, if it is not composed exclusively of signs.“

—  Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914

Quoted in Essays in Zoosemiotics (1990) by Thomas A. Sebeok

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„Signs are taken for wonders. “We would see a sign!”“

—  T.S. Eliot, buch Poems

The word within a word, unable to speak a word,
Swaddled with darkness.

"Gerontion"
Poems (1920)

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„But failure is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you are alive and growing.“

—  Buzz Aldrin American astronaut 1930

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