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Kenneth L. Pike
June 9, 1912 - December 31, 2000
Nationality: American
Category: Sociologist
Subcategory: American Sociologist

Courage to continue comes from deeper sources than outward results.

    Topics: Courage

Nobody is as good as he thinks he is.


Without a possibility of change in meanings human communication could not perform its present functions.


It is also, I would guess, a universal that in all societies people value respectability granted to them.


Language is not merely a set of unrelated sounds, clauses, rules, and meanings; it is a total coherent system of these integrating with each other, and with behavior, context, universe of discourse, and observer perspective.


Revelation and the nature of truth must be viewed in reference to the structure of language.


Acceptance of the power of God in one's life lays the groundwork for personal commitment to both science and Christianity, which so often have been in conflict.


Today's practicality is often no more than the accepted form of yesterday's theory.


The detached observer's view is one window on the world.


That a society controls, to a greater or lesser extent, the behavior of its members is a universal; but the methods, the particulars of that control, vary from one culture to another.


Verbal and nonverbal activity is a unified whole, and theory and methodology should be organized or created to treat it as such.


Identity in the form of continuity of personality is an extremely important characteristic of the individual.


The universe extends beyond the mind of man, and is more complex than the small sample one can study.


Outward failure may be a manifested variant of inward success.


Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse there are some true statements.


With acknowledgement of residues, we can be more easily prepared to grant the unit of science, the overlapping of disciplines, and the total coherence of all facts.


The marvelous thing is that even in studying linguistics, we find that the universe as a whole is patterned, ordered, and to some degree intelligible to us.


If language did not affect behavior, it could have no meaning.


Christianity stands or falls as a living program, a way of life, made concrete in the life of man by the life of God through the life of the concretely living Christ.

    Topics: Christianity

The view of the local scene through the eyes of a native participant in that scene is a different window.


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