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Edward Sapir Quotes

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French and German illustrate the misleading character
of apparent grammatical simplicity just as well.
- Edward Sapir

These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French,
all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied
almost without limit and apply to all national languages.
- Edward Sapir

No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be
considered as representing the same social reality.
- Edward Sapir

A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries
of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time,
labour, and money in providing for translation services.
- Edward Sapir


 

One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility
of using the same word as noun and verb.
- Edward Sapir

Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting
to realize itself as a strictly historical science.
- Edward Sapir

I am convinced that the stratigraphic method will in
the future enable archaeology to throw far more light
on the history of American culture than it has done in the past.
- Edward Sapir


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We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely
as we do because the language habits of our community
predispose certain choices of interpretation.
- Edward Sapir

A logical analysis of reflexive usages in French shows,
however, that this simplicity is an illusion and that,
so far from helping the foreigner, it is more calculated to bother him.
- Edward Sapir

A standard international language should not only be simple,
regular, and logical, but also rich and creative.
- Edward Sapir

It is no secret that the fruits of language study are
in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them.
- Edward Sapir

It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd
into an international language all those local overtones
of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist.
- Edward Sapir

In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors,
one's own language above all.
- Edward Sapir

The supposed inferiority of a constructed language
to a national one on the score of richness of connotation is,
of course, no criticism of the idea of a constructed language.
- Edward Sapir

More and more, unsolicited gifts from without are likely
to be received with unconscious resentment.
- Edward Sapir

National languages are all huge systems of vested interests
which sullenly resist critical inquiry.
- Edward Sapir

Both French and Latin are involved with nationalistic
and religious implications which could not be entirely shaken off,
and so, while they seemed for a long time to have solved
the international language problem up to a certain point,
they did not really do so in spirit.
- Edward Sapir

The psychology of a language which, in one way or another,
is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control,
is very different from the psychology of a language
which one accepts of one's free will.
- Edward Sapir

The attitude of independence toward a constructed language
which all national speakers must adopt is really a great advantage,
because it tends to make man see himself as the master
of language instead of its obedient servant.
- Edward Sapir

The spirit of logical analysis should in practice blend
with the practical pressure for the adoption of some
form of international language,
but it should not allow itself to be stampeded by it.
- Edward Sapir

It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts
to reality essentially without the use of language
and that language is merely an incidental means of
solving specific problems of communication or reflection.
- Edward Sapir

A second type of direct evidence is formed by statements,
whether as formal legends or personal information,
regarding the age or relative sequence of events in
tribal history made by the natives themselves.
- Edward Sapir

As a matter of fact, a national language which spreads
beyond its own confines very quickly loses much of
its original richness of content and is in no better
case than a constructed language.
- Edward Sapir

A common creation demands a common sacrifice,
and perhaps not the least potent argument in favour
of a constructed international language is the fact
that it is equally foreign,
or apparently so, to the traditions of all nationalities.
- Edward Sapir

So far as the advocates of a constructed international language are concerned,
it is rather to be wondered at how much in common their proposals actually have,
both in vocabulary and in general spirit of procedure.
- Edward Sapir

No important national language, at least in the Occidental world,
has complete regularity of grammatical structure,
nor is there a single logical category which is adequately
and consistently handled in terms of linguistic symbolism.
- Edward Sapir

The modern mind tends to be more and more critical
and analytical in spirit,
hence it must devise for itself an engine of expression
which is logically defensible at every point and which
tends to correspond to the rigorous spirit of modern science.
- Edward Sapir

A common allegiance to form of expression that is identified
with no single national unit is likely to prove one
of the most potent symbols of the freedom of the human
spirit that the world has yet known.
- Edward Sapir

Human beings do not live in the objective world alone,
nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood,
but are very much at the mercy of the particular language
which has become the medium of expression for their society.
- Edward Sapir

English, once accepted as an international language,
is no more secure than French has proved to be as the
one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin
has proved to be as the international language of science.
- Edward Sapir

Comparison of statements made at different periods
frequently enable us to give maximal and minimal dates
to the appearance of a cultural element or to assign
the time limits to a movement of population.
- Edward Sapir

Impatience translates itself into a desire to have
something immediate done about it all,
and, as is generally the case with impatience,
resolves itself in the easiest way that lies ready to hand.
- Edward Sapir

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle

French fries.
I love them.
Some people are chocolate and sweets people.
I love French fries.
That and caviar.
- Cameron Diaz

I'm French, so I'm quite lazy about exercising,
and I smoke.
But I do love going for a run in the morning with my dog.
That's all.
- Eva Green

In France, everyone speaks French 'cause they think it's cool.
Gives 'em, gives 'em an excuse to smoke.
- Scott Thompson

There's something Vichy about the French.
- Ivor Novello

If French is no longer the language of a power,
it can be the language of a counter power.
- Lionel Jospin

Most people have no imagination.
If they could imagine the sufferings of others,
they would not make them suffer so.
What separated a German mother from a French mother?
- Ernst Toller

I never had to learn English, French and German because
I was brought up as all three languages.
I had a private French teacher before I even went to school.
That helped a lot.
- Karl Lagerfeld

And we live in a French Quarter a lot of the time,
in New Orleans.
And the camaraderie of everybody there.
Everybody takes care of each other.
- Delta Burke

During the Fifties, political and military activities
in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French,
who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

I have had some problems because the French don't like people to have success,
they don't like the number one.
- Alain Prost

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

Many of the French follow a Trade with the Indians,
living very conveniently for that Interest.
- John Lawson

I speak French fluently, so that really helped.
- Noah Hathaway

I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls,
and one of them rolled down the window and yelled,
'Marc Jacobs!' in a French accent.
- Marc Jacobs

Nearly all Italian officers speak French.
- Hugh Dalton

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking,
What is French? Jazz is a musical language.
It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.
- Branford Marsalis

The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time:
132 years.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

It was announced as a French victory by the French Minister of War.
I did not see any sign of victory but only the retreat
of the French forces engaged in the battle.
- Philip Gibbs

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

There was a French singer, Francoise Hardy -
I used to look at her pictures and try to dress like her.
- Carly Simon

I just saw Memento.
It's very, very good.
I watch a lot of French films.
- Colleen Haskell

We were only there for five days and during that time
Tom was a bit annoyed that the French were more interested
in me and my schoolgirl outfit than him and his long scarf.
- Lalla Ward

In a country like France, so ancient,
their history is full of outstanding people,
so they carry a heavy weight on their back.
Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
- Manuel Puig

My parents were French and Irish and our family even
has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States
and consider myself part American.
- Vivien Leigh

French was my first language.
- Bob Cousy

Theatre has no national identity.
It is something for the world, whether it is Irish,
English, or French.
- Cyril Cusack

I have never in my life played the French Defence,
which is the dullest of all openings.
- Wilhelm Steinitz

I don't think there's a back lot here in Hollywood
anymore that has those streets,
like a French Quarter.
- Glenn Danzig

People who do not speak our language very well do complain
of feeling rebuffed by French people,
who can sometimes be impatient, or even intolerant.
- Bernard Pivot

They were singing in French, but the melody was freedom
and any American could understand that.
- Audie Murphy

The French are the wittiest, the most charming,
and up to the present, at all events,
the least musical race on Earth.
- Stendhal

The government is shutting down the coal industry,
they say it's cheaper to draw nuclear power off the
French grid and cheaper to buy coal from Colombia.
- Martin C. Smith

The French are true romantics.
They feel the only difference between a man of forty
and one of seventy is thirty years of experience.
- Maurice Chevalier

The fact is, beneath the hype, Iraqis will soon appreciate
American help and idealism far more than French perfidy.
It is never wrong to be on the side of freedom -
never.
- Victor Davis Hanson

I wish that I spoke more languages.
I speak a couple languages, but not well enough to really dub myself.
French is really the only one, and it's a difficult thing.
- Jodie Foster

The world distribution of French movies is a laughing matter.
That is a fact.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

It is not that the French are not profound,
but they all express themselves so well that we are
led to take their geese for swans.
- Van Wyck Brooks


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