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All Quotes by author - Willard Van Orman Quine
" Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word. "
" It is one of the consolations of philosophy that the benefit of showing how to dispense with a concept does not hinge on dispensing with it. "
" Language is a social art. "
" Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption. "
" Meaning is what essence becomes when it is divorced from the object of reference and wedded to the word. "
" One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy. "
" Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump. "
" The familiar material objects may not be all that is real, but they are admirable examples. "
" To be is to be the value of a variable. "
" Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels. "
" We do not learn first what to talk about and then what to say about it. "
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