"The modern mind tends to be more and more critical and analytical in spirit, hence it must devise for itself an engine of expression which is logically defensible at every point and which tends to correspond to the rigorous spirit of modern science."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Edward Sapir on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Edward Sapir on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Edward Sapir on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Edward Sapir on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Edward Sapir on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society."
"The attitude of independence toward a constructed language which all national speakers must adopt is really a great advantage, because it tends to make man see himself as the master of language instead of its obedient servant."
"A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time, labour, and money in providing for translation services."
"It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection."
"It is no secret that the fruits of language study are in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them."