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Alfred Korzybski

Whatever you say it is, it isn't.

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God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't.

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Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.

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If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.

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There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.

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There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.

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Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistical structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies.

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Two important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.

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If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.

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