Quotation by John Dewey

Language fails not because thought fails, but because no verbal symbols can do justice to the fullness and richness of thought. If we are to continue talking about "data" in any other sense than as reflective distinctions, the original datum is always such a qualitative whole.
John Dewey (1859–1952), U.S. philosopher. Originally published in The Symposium (1930). "Qualitative Thought," repr. In On Experience, Nature and Freedom, ed. Richard J. Bernstein (1960).
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