The map is not the territory


Wikipedia: The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture 'This is a pipe', I'd have been lying!

— René Magritte[4]

The painting is sometimes given as an example of meta message conveyed by paralanguage.[11] Compare with Korzybski's "The word is not the thing" and "The map is not the territory" as well as Diderot's This is not a story.