Top 37 Quotes About Semiotics

#1. As for poetry 'belonging' in the classroom, it's like the way they taught us sex in those old hygiene classes: not performance but semiotics. If it I had taken Hygiene 71 seriously, I would have become a monk; & if I had taken college English seriously, I would have become an accountant.

Jerome Rothenberg

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#2. As a scholar I am interested in the philosophy of language, semiotics, call it what you want, and one of the main features of the human language is the possibility of lying.

Umberto Eco

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#3. semiotics tells us things we already know in a language we will never understand' (Paddy Whannel, cited in Seiter 1992, 31).


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#4. Semiotics is a general theory of all existing languages ... all forms of communication - visual, tactile, and so on ... There is general semiotics, which is a philosophical approach to this field, and then there are many specific semiotics.

Umberto Eco

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#5. When I was in college, I was a semiotics major, which is this hopelessly pretentious body of French literary theory.

Ira Glass

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#6. My own conviction is that semiotics provides an escape from the solipsist prison by its stress on the social origins of language--you have to point to an apple and name it for me before I know there is such a thing--and the existence of a world of apples outside ourselves.

Walker Percy

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#7. When Britney shaves off all her hair and beats paparazzi with umbrellas - that's what celebrities are supposed to do. They're not supposed to be reasonable, middle-aged guys drinking organic tea talking about semiotics.


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#8. This is the perennial danger which besets semiotics: what with man being preeminently the sign-using creature, and what with man using signs in everything that he does, semiotics runs the risk of being about everything and hence about nothing.

Walker Percy

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#9. I don't read novels, but my semiotics study influenced everything about the way I read and edit and write.

Ira Glass

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#10. I believe in the semiotics of clothes. They send a message about how the world perceives us. For me it goes beyond clothes, it's grooming. It's accessories. It's the whole head to toe look.

Tim Gunn

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#11. I was a semiotics major at Brown, and there's this idea that stories are better, books are better, and movies are better if they cocked you off your axis and you were completely disoriented and you'd really have to rethink everything. Nobody has that experience, actually.

Ira Glass

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#12. Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used "to tell" at all.

Umberto Eco

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#13. Inactivity and deprivation of all accustomed stimulus is not rest; it is a preparation for the tomb

Robertson Davies

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#14. Authentic marketing is not the art of selling what you make but knowing what to make. It is the art of identifying and understanding customer needs and creating solutions that deliver satisfaction to the customers, profits to the producers and benefits for the stakeholders.

Philip Kotler

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#15. The transference of culture in time can, in large measure, be described as the conservation of sign systems serving as a control on behavior.

Doris Bradbury

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#16. It is time to put in place tough, new common-sense rules of the road so that our financial market rewards drive and innovation, and punishes short-cuts and abuse.

Barack Obama

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#17. The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produces no concept; therefore, it is dumb.

Umberto Eco

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#18. I still notice the burned house, mornings, when I walk along the beach. Well, obviously I do not notice the house. What I notice is what remains of the house. One is still prone to think of a house as a house, however, even if there is not remarkably much left of it.

David Markson

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#19. In this manner , we are told, the system of the imaginary is spread circularly, by detours and returns the length of an empty subject.

Roland Barthes

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#20. Language disguises thought.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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#21. The universal logo for a pizzahut is eight slices painted cross a disc of yellow plywood mounted in the mouth of a taxidermic hippopotapus.

Noah Wareness

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#22. When you find her, you will have the answers you need.

Cynthia D. Witherspoon

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#23. When I made YouTube videos, I am the one who's uploading it, I'm the one who's editing it, so I'm very in control of what I'm sharing and not sharing. Whereas in music, it's a lot more of pouring my heart out and kind of just putting it out there for the best.

Troye Sivan

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#24. ATHENA: You wish to be called righteous rather than act right. [ ... ] I say, wrong must not win by technicalities.


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#25. One picture is worth a thousand words. Yes, but only if you look at the picture and say or think the thousand words

William, Saroyan

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#26. People need to be re - sometimes we need to reinvent ourselves and then get reacquainted with our better selves.

Terry McMillan

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#27. Mushy food is a form of sensory deprivation. In the same way that a dark, silent room will eventually drive you to hallucinate, the mind rebels against bland, single-texture foods, edibles that do not engage the oral device.

Mary Roach

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#28. For heaven's sake, when you see the enemy attacking, you pick up the pitchfork, and you enlist everybody you see. You don't stand around arguing about who's responsible, or who's going to pay.

Sylvia Earle

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#29. I'm being told it saves money to shoot in Toronto, because of tax benefits, the crews are cheaper, but what I save in the bottom line, I lose in a million other ways.

Griffin Dunne

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#30. natural language will always remain the basic interpretation of, and reservoir for, the development of the artificial formalized languages of science.

Doris Bradbury

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#31. Derrida is not an excuse

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

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#32. No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.

Roger Zelazny

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#33. I have earned hundreds of thousands of pounds, but I can't seem to get to grips with money.

Rufus Wainwright

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#34. I have a disease; I see language.

Roland Barthes

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#35. Where are we, then, if not for paradise?" he asked. "Do you believe that the deity is able to create a place that is not paradise? Do you believe the Fall is something ther than not realizing that we are in paradise?

Jorge Luis Borges

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#36. But every acquisition that is disproportionate to the labor spent on it is dishonest.

Leo Tolstoy

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#37. What people look to me for is a whole look. People come to me for icing on the cake, not a basic stretch pant.

Anna Sui

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