Talk:Stuart Chase

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In Language in Thought and Action[edit]

Common sense is that which tells us the world is flat.

The above sentence may be not exactly what Stuart Chase said but perhaps, so to speak, a map of a map. To prevent such an unclear map from spreading, it was replaced by what Hayakawa actually mentioned. --KYPark 01:40, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

Failed in finding the source from Hayakawa's book. I googled with the search term "the world is flat" and failed again from the top 100 searched items, most of which are related to the recent NYT bestseller w:The World is Flat by w:Thomas Friedman, who appears no less political than Chase and Hayakawa. His wife is an economist and a graduate of Stanford University. --KYPark 03:15, 11 June 2007 (UTC)


Possible source: The Life and Writings of Stuart Chase (1888-1985) edited By Richard Vangermeersch, Kingston, RI, USA, Elsevier.

  • Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws.
  • For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
  • Sanely applied advertising could remake the world.
  • The Lord prefers common looking people. That is why he made so many of them.
  • The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.
  • Traditional nationalism cannot survive the fissioning of the atom. One world or none.
  • Democracy, as has been said of Christianity, has never really been tried.
  • I find it difficult to believe that words have no meaning in themselves, hard as I try. Habits of a lifetime are not lightly thrown aside.
  • Quoting the ILO, "a nation can afford anything it can produce." (page 211, The Proper Study of Mankind, Harper & Brothers, 1948)