American Sociologist Quotes


220 American Sociologist quotes:



"The functions of the family in a highly differentiated society are not to be interpreted as functions directly on behalf of the society, but on behalf of personality."
"The hypothesis may be put forward, to be tested by the s subsequent investigation, that this development has been in large part a matter of the reciprocal interaction of new factual insights and knowledge on the one hand with changes in the theoretical system on the other."
"The implications of these considerations justify the statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge even the commonsense knowledge of everyday life - involves implicitly, if not explicitly, systematic theory in this sense."
"The importance of certain problems concerning the facts will be inherent in the structure of the system."
"The part an actor played on stage was once written on a separate roll of paper."
"The simplest way to see the meaning of the concept of a closed, system in this sense is to consider the example of a system of simultaneous equations."
"The system becomes logically closed when each of the logical implications which can be derived from any one proposition within the system finds its statement in another proposition in the same system."
"Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know, that is, the questions to which an answer is needed."
"For most women, the language of conversation is primarily a language of rapport: a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationships."
"The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation - or a relationship."
"Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also."
"Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life's further development."
"A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory."
"Votes in federal elections are cast and counted in a highly decentralized and variable fashion, with no uniform ballots and few national standards."
"Thus, in general, in the first instance, the direction of interest in empirical fact will be canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system."
"The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion."
"Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf."
"Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals."
"Each underestimates her own power and overestimates the other's."
"Design is people."


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