I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act
...-G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Generally Speaking, "On Holland" (1928).
Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man
...-Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), German philosopher. "Building Dwelling Thinking," lecture, 5 Aug. 1951 (published in Poetry, Language, Thought, 1971).
True creativity often starts where language ends
...-Arthur Koestler (1905-83), Hungarian-born British novelist, essayist. The act of Creation, bk. 1, pt. 2, ch. 7 (1964).
But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. . . . If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame
...-Charlotte Brontë (1816-55), English novelist. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Preface (1850).
For a large class of cases- though not for all- in which we employ the word "meaning" it can be defined thus: the meaning of a word is its use in the language
...-Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, pt. 1, sct. 43 (1953).