— John Erskine American educator 1879 - 1951
„Photographers learn to interpret photographs in that technical way because they want to understand and use that ‘language’ themselves (just as musicians learn a more technical musical language than the layman needs). Social scientists who want to work with visual materials will have to learn to approach them in this more studious and time-consuming way“
— Howard S. Becker American sociologist 1928
Becker (1978) cited in: Peter Hamilton (2006) Visual Research Methods'. Volume 1. p. 214.
„When evenly matched, you cannot win against your enemy unless you understand them. And if you truly understand, why are you fighting and not talking?“
— Greg Bear American writer best known for science fiction 1951
„Speaking our language, you will understand us—and if you can think as another man thinks, you cannot dislike him.“
— Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
Chapter 8 (p. 64)
„One can not understand language because language cannot understand itself; does not want to understand“
— Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
„You cannot make children learn music or anything else without to some degree converting them into will-less adults.“
— A.S. Neill Scottish educator and theorist 1883 - 1973
Context: You cannot make children learn music or anything else without to some degree converting them into will-less adults. You fashion them into accepters of the status quo – a good thing for a society that needs obedient sitters at dreary desks, standers in shops, mechanical catchers of the 8:30 suburban train – a society, in short, that is carried on the shabby shoulders of the scared little man – the scared-to-death conformist. p. 12
— Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655
Context: I learned to understand their language and to speak it a little. Immediately the news spread throughout the kingdom that two little wild men had been discovered. We were smaller than everybody else because the wilderness had provided us with such bad food. And it was a genetic defect that caused us to have forelimbs that weren't strong enough to support us. This belief gained strength through repetition despite the priests of the country. They opposed it, saying that it was an awful impiety to believe that not only animals but monsters might be of the same species as they.
„Music moves us, and we know not why;
We feel the tears, but cannot trace their source.
Is it the language of some other state,
Born of its memory? For what can wake
The soul's strong instinct of another world,
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
„If you merely teach dogmas dogmatically, you are not teaching in the sense in which I understand teaching... and learning... does not consist merely in knowing: it is not learning unless there is some corresponding doing.“
— George Long 1800 - 1879
Context: I have said nothing about religious teaching as one of the means of forming a good character.... I, who am not a teacher of religion, do not presume to say how it should be taught, so taught as to be practical. If you merely teach dogmas dogmatically, you are not teaching in the sense in which I understand teaching... and learning... does not consist merely in knowing: it is not learning unless there is some corresponding doing.