Quotes by Alfred Korzybski

55 quotes     Show as list

Words don't mean, people mean.
I think therefore I seem to be.
Who rules our symbols, rules us.
Identity is invariably false to facts.
Whatever you say it is, is simply what YOU SAY it is.
Whatever you might say the object "is", well it is not.
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details.
Second order effects, such as belief in belief, makes fanaticism.
A person does what he does because he sees the world as he sees it.
What we call progress consists in coordinating ideas with realities.
Any object of thought is both 'more than what we think, and different'.
... the fallacy of attributing to one cause what is due to many causes.
Ignorance is no excuse once we know that ignorance is the only possible excuse.
To use words to sense reality is like going with a lamp to search for darkness.
It is now no mystery that some quite influential 'philosophers' were 'mentally' ill.
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
I am the same kind of moron as the rest of you, it's the method that does the work, for me as well as for you.
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
55 quotes     Show as list