„Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula.“

—  Ferdinand de Saussure, buch Cours de linguistique générale

Quelle: Cours de linguistique générale (1916), p. 111-112
Quelle: Course in General Linguistics
Kontext: Psychologically our thought-apart from its expression in words-is only a shapeless and indistinct mass. Philosophers and linguists have always agreed in recognizing that without the help of signs we would be unable to make a clear-cut, consistent distinction between two ideas. Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula. here are no pre-existing ideas, and nothing is distinct before the appearance of language.

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—  Eric A. Havelock 1903-1988, British classical philologist 1903 - 1988

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„But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.“

—  George Orwell, buch 1984

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Kontext: But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.
Kontext: All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer. I should expect to find — this is a guess which I have not sufficient knowledge to verify — that the German, Russian and Italian languages have all deteriorated in the last ten or fifteen years, as a result of dictatorship.
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—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784

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„Language disguises thought.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein, buch Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

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„Language can be compared to a sheet of paper: thought is its recto and sound its verso: one cannot cut the verso without simultaneously cutting the recto.“

—  Ferdinand de Saussure, buch Cours de linguistique générale

Similarly, in the matter of language, one can separate neither sound from thought nor thought from sound; such separation could be achieved only by abstraction, which would lead either to pure psychology, or to pure phonology.
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—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959

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„There is no language without deceit.“

—  Italo Calvino, buch Invisible Cities

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„Language is the picture and counterpart of thought.“

—  Mark Hopkins (educator) American educationalist and theologian 1802 - 1887

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„Loose language suggests loose thought.“

—  Theodore Dalrymple English doctor and writer 1949

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—  Peter Abelard, Sic et Non

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Not infrequently apocryphal works are attributed to the saints. Then, even the best authors often introduce the erroneous views of others and leave the reader to distinguish between the true and the false. Sometimes, as Augustine confesses in his own case, the fathers ventured to rely upon the opinions of others.

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