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"... language, for the individual consciousness, lies on the borderline between oneself and the other. The word in language is half someone else's. It becomes "one's own" only when the speaker populates it with his own intention, his own accent, when he appropriates the word, adapting it to his own semantic and expressive intention. Prior to this moment of appropriation, the word does not exist in a neutral and impersonal language (it is not, after all, out of a dictionary that the speaker get his words!), but rather it exists in other people's mouths, in other people's contexts, serving other people's intentions: it is from there that one must take the word, and make it 'one's own'." ~Mikhail Bakhtin

I enjoyed the posts & thought you might appreciate the above quote.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

You were correct in your guess that I would appreciate your shared quote!

I also appreciate the extension of our dialogue, which began at The Big Picture last week.

I hope the dialogue continues...

Eric Napier

Hi Kent. Looking forward to reading what you have to say about how language affects our thinking.

I have another quote for you:
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted." --George Boole

There are several more at my quote site. You might find something to use there. I've put it in the URL here. Hope you see something you like.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks Eric!

I like the Ron Paul quote at your site:

"Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language."

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Therefore, while using language, as we must of necessity, we should be aware of its shortcomings." ~ Abraham Maslow

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