27 Motivational Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes For Success In Life

Ferdinand de Saussure was a Swiss linguist and semiotician. His ideas laid a foundation for many significant developments in both linguistics and semiology in the 20th century. He is widely considered one of the founders of 20th-century linguistics and one of two major founders of semiotics/semiology. These Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes will motivate you in life to achieve success.

Best Ferdinand de Saussure Quotes

  1. “The connection between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  2. “I’m almost never serious, and I’m always too serious. Too deep, too shallow. Too sensitive, too cold-hearted. I’m like a collection of paradoxes.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  3. “The ultimate law of language is, dare we say, that nothing can ever reside in a single term. This is a direct consequence of the fact that linguistic signs are unrelated to what they designate and that, therefore, ‘a’ cannot designate anything without the the aid of ‘b’ and vice versa, or, in other words, that both have value only by the difference between them.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  4. “Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  5. “Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure

  6. “A linguistic system is a series of differences of sound combined with a series of differences of ideas…” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  7. “Speech has both an individual and a social side, and we cannot conceive of one without the other.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  8. “Language furnishes the best proof that a law accepted by a community is a thing that is tolerated and not a rule to which all freely consent.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  9. “Written forms obscure our view of language. They are not so much a garment as a disguise.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  10. “In the lives of individuals and societies, language is a factor of greater importance than any other. For the study of language to remain solely the business of a handful of specialists would be a quite unacceptable state of affairs.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  11. “Psychologically our thought-apart from its expression in words-is only a shapeless and indistinct mass.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  12. “Within speech, words are subject to a kind of relation that is independent of the first and based on their linkage: these are syntagmatic relations, of which I have spoken.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  13. “Nearly all institutions, it might be said, are based on signs, but these signs do not directly evoke things.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  14. “A language presupposes that all the individual users possess the organs.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure

  15. “Outside speech, the association that is made in the memory between words having something in common creates different groups, series, families, within which very diverse relations obtain but belonging to a single category: these are associative relations.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  16. “Of all social institutions language is least amenable to the initiative. It blends with the life of society, and the latter, inert by nature, is a prime conservative force.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  17. “Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed merely towards correcting grammar.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  18. “Any psychology of sign systems will be part of social psychology – that is to say, will be exclusively social; it will involve the same psychology as is applicable in the case of languages.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  19. “It is useful to the historian, among others, to be able to see the commonest forms of different phenomena, whether phonetic, morphological or other and how language lives, carries on and changes over time.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  20. “It is only since linguistics has become more aware of its object of study, i.e. perceives the whole extent of it, that it is evident that this science can make a contribution to a range of studies that will be of interest to almost anyone.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  21. “Everyone, left to his own devices, forms an idea about what goes on in language which is very far from the truth.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure

  22. “In fact, from then on scholars engaged in a kind of game of comparing different Indo-European languages with one another, and eventually they could not fail to wonder what exactly these connections showed, and how they should be interpreted in concrete terms.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  23. “The first of these phases is that of grammar, invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French. It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  24. “It is one of the aims of linguistics to define itself, to recognize what belongs within its domain. In those cases where it relies upon psychology, it will do so indirectly, remaining independent.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  25. “The critical principle demanded an examination, for instance, of the contribution of different periods, thus to some extent embarking on historical linguistics.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  26. “Linguistics will have to recognize laws operating universally in language, and in a strictly rational manner, separating general phenomena from those restricted to one branch of languages or another.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure
  27. “In general, the philological movement opened up countless sources relevant to linguistic issues, treating them in quite a different spirit from traditional grammar; for instance, the study of inscriptions and their language. But not yet in the spirit of linguistics.” ~ Ferdinand de Saussure

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