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Ferdinand de Saussure

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Biography - Ferdinand de Saussure:

Swiss linguist and semiotician.
Born: 1857 - Died: 1913
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: Switzerland

It is often easier to discover a truth than to assign to it its proper place.



Quote source: Course in General Linguistics

Wikisource - Saussure - Cours de linguistique générale (fr) 



(French, German)

Il est souvent plus aisé de découvrir une vérité que de lui assigner la place qui lui revient.

Es ist oft leichter, eine Wahrheit zu entdecken, als ihr den gehörigen Platz anzuweisen.

See also 

See also...

It is easier to say original things than to reconcile with one another things already said.

Quotes for: truth


Quotes for: truth

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Love truth, but pardon error.

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.

The language of truth is simple.

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.


Ferdinand de Saussure also said...

Language can also be compared with a sheet of paper: thought is the front and the sound the back; one cannot cut the front with out cutting the back at the same time; likewise in language, one can neither divide sound from thought nor thought from sound;

One characteristic of the symbol is that it is never wholly arbitrary; it is not empty, for there is the rudiment of a natural bond between the signifier and the signified. The symbol of justice, a pair of scales, could not be replaced by just any other symbol, such as a chariot.

Speech has both an individual and a social side, and we cannot conceive of one without the other.

Language is a system of signs that express ideas.

Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law.

Language is a system whose parts can and must all be considered in their synchronic solidarity.

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