Quotations on Meaning

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It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Intention, May, Meaning, Photography, Present, World)

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Eye, Meaning, Word)

How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Meaning, Tools, Will)

If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Meaning, Questions)

It is true, there are many bad people; there are more of them than in the past, but that is because there are more people, meaning the population has tripled; there must be three times more bad people.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Keywords: People, Meaning, Past, Population)

What is the meaning of the togetherness of the perceiving mind, in that peculiar modification of perceiving which makes it perceive not a star but a tree, and the tree itself, is a problem for philosophy.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Meaning, Mind, Philosophy)

The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy - yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible.
- Nelson Algren
(Keywords: Love, Man, Meaning, Risk, Today, Unworthy)

Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
- Muhammad Ali
(Keywords: Friendship, Meaning, School)

Sanctification is not to be understood here as a separation from ordinary use or consecration to some special use, although this meaning is often present in Scripture, sometimes referring to outward and sometimes to inward or effectual separation.
- William Ames
(Keywords: Meaning, Present, Scripture, Separation)

Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.
- Martin Amis
(Keywords: Money, Meaning, Weapons)

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
- A. R. Ammons
(Keywords: Change, Successful, Clarity, Meaning, Order, Stability, Stress)

I get even more nervous singing when everyone's fallen silent, but I really try to communicate the meaning of the lyrics, and there's people there listening to that, and if they're moved by it, then I'm moved as well.
- Namie Amuro
(Keywords: People, Listening, Meaning, Singing)

The worst thing is always thinking of titles for records, with some reason behind them, and she just came out with the word, which she thought was a good word, a hard word, and since then we've sort of attached loads of meaning to it.
- Emma Anderson
(Keywords: Thought, Meaning, Reason, Thinking, Titles, Word)

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live.
- Greg Anderson
(Keywords: Dreams, Love, Goals, Completion, Deep, Meaning, Needs)

Over the years, I've trained myself to speak using the same language I would use if I were typing: meaning using full sentences in the way that paragraphs and scenes are arranged.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Language, Meaning, Years)

What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.
- Barbara de Angelis
(Keywords: Life, Purpose, Drama, Earth, Meaning, Pain, Sense)

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Meaning, Voice, Words)

When man becomes reconciled to nature, when space becomes his true background, these words and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them.
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Keywords: Nature, Man, Meaning, Space, Will, Words)

Since in music we deal with notes, not words, with chords, with transitions, with color and expression, the musical meaning always based on those notes as written and nothing else - has to be divined.
- Claude Arrau
(Keywords: Music, Expression, Meaning, Nothing, Words)

All of us want to have meaning in our lives and want to feel like we're doing something that makes a difference. I believe we're doing that in the Justice Department.
- John Ashcroft
(Keywords: Difference, Justice, Meaning, Want)

Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time.
- Margaret Atwood
(Keywords: Time, Meaning, Myths)

Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use.
- Sai Baba
(Keywords: Negative, Values, Emotions, Jungle, Man, Meaning, Spiritual)

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.
- Richard Bach
(Keywords: Fear, Meaning, Wonder)

Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Keywords: Accident, Act, Meaning, Thinking)

My life has been a continuous fulfillment of dreams. It appears that everything I saw and did has a new, and perhaps, more significant meaning, every time I see it. The earth is good. It is a privilege to live thereon.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Keywords: Life, Time, Dreams, Earth, Fulfillment, Meaning, Privilege)

The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: History, Development, Being, Meaning, Psychology, Self)

I've never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it.
- Toni Cade Bambara
(Keywords: Experience, Meaning, Order)

Most importantly, the meaning of spirituality lays the seeds for our destiny and the path we must follow.
- Dennis Banks
(Keywords: Destiny, Meaning, Spirituality)

The award is important in order to bring people to the movie theater. That's the only principle meaning of any award.
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: People, Meaning, Order, Theater)

I think it's good if a song has more than one meaning. Maybe that kind of song can reach far more people.
- Syd Barrett
(Keywords: People, Meaning, Song)

The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
- Roland Barthes
(Keywords: Books, Culture, Meaning, News, Repetition)

I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where a number of elements are brought together under test conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Meaning, Will)

A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth of the one who speaks last, and the mind is at ease only at the moment when everyone is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: Life, Truth, Judgment, Meaning, Mind)

The drawing and the crafting of the story are fun, but it's the overall meaning that matters to me. It might escape some people who just want to read a comic, and that's fine. The overall meaning is what matters.
- Brian M. Bendis
(Keywords: People, Fun, Meaning, Want)

Look at the Palestinians with the huge, huge percentage of unemployed. What does that breed? Anyone who's unemployed in the world, you feel there's no meaning and there's a risk that you drift over to something desperate. Yes, we have to tackle the social problems as well.
- Hans Blix
(Keywords: Meaning, Problems, Risk, World)

People are no longer primarily in opposition, nor can they be said to be interacting, rather they are participating in this pool of common meaning which is capable of constant development and change.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: Change, People, Development, Meaning, Opposition)

A corporation is organized as a system - it has this department, that department, that department... they don't have any meaning separately; they only can function together. And also the body is a system. Society is a system in some sense. And so on.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: Society, Body, Meaning, Sense)

A new kind of mind thus beings to come into being which is based on the development of a common meaning that is constantly transforming in the process of the dialogue.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: Development, Being, Meaning, Mind)

But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent - not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: People, Action, Existence, Meaning, Word)

Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist.
- Bono
(Keywords: Brother, Church, Being, Conscience, Meaning, World)

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left.
- Robert Bork
(Keywords: Change, Congress, Constitution, Court, Meaning, Promises)

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
- Hal Borland
(Keywords: Meaning, Patience, Persistence, Trees)

The green revolution has an entirely different meaning to most people in the affluent nations of the privileged world than to those in the developing nations of the forgotten world.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: People, Revolution, Meaning, Nations, World)

He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words.
- Bobby Bowden
(Keywords: Fear, Meaning, Word, Words)

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves.
- Kenneth Branagh
(Keywords: Experience, Music, People, Actors, Language, Meaning, Want, Words)

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Keywords: Men, Liberty, Meaning, Understanding, Zeal)

It is clear that every immediate object of our senses both exists and is real in the primary meaning of these terms so long as we remain aware of the object.
- Charles D. Broad
(Keywords: Meaning, Senses)

Sovereignty is a word that is used often but it has really no specific meaning. Sovereignty today is nominal. Any number of countries that are sovereign are sovereign only nominally and relatively.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Keywords: Countries, Meaning, Today, Word)

I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.
- Warren Buffett
(Keywords: Idea, Earth, Man, Meaning, states, United, Word)

I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature.
- Wynn Bullock
(Keywords: Nature, Meaning, Want)



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