Quotation by Ferdinand De Saussure

Language furnishes the best proof that a law accepted by a community is a thing that is tolerated and not a rule to which all freely consent.
Ferdinand De Saussure (1857–1913), Swiss linguist. Course in General Linguistics, pt. 1, ch. 2, sect. 1 (1916).

"Of all social institutions," de Saussure continued, "language is least amenable to initiative. It blends with the life of society, and the latter, inert by nature, is a prime conservative force."
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