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Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes and Sayings

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Language is a social art.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

'Ouch' is not independent of social training.
One has only to prick a foreigner to appreciate that it is an English word.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

 

To be is to be the value of a variable.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

We do not learn first what to talk about and then what to say about it.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

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.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

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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.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

Meaning is what essence becomes when it is divorced
from the object of reference and wedded to the word.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

Physics investigates the essential nature of the world,
and biology describes a local bump.
Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

The familiar material objects may not be all that is real,
but they are admirable examples.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
- Mark Twain

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We don't have a language for the senses.
Feelings are images,
sensations are like musical sounds.
- Anais Nin

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

The protean nature of the computer is such that it
can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.
- Alan Kay

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

Drawing on my fine command of the English language,
I said nothing.
- Robert Benchley

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

The most important words in the English language
are not "I love you" but "It's benign."
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
- George Carlin

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

I personally think we developed language
because of our deep need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things -
of numerous communications networks that all speak
the same digital language.
- Jim Clark

Use what language you will,
you can never say anything but what you are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls,
because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
- Rita Dove

For most women, the language of conversation is primarily a language of rapport:
a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationships.
- Deborah Tannen

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves,
spits on its hands and goes to work.
- Carl Sandburg

Greek was very much a live language,
and a language still unconscious of grammar,
not, like ours, dominated by definitions and trained upon dictionaries.
- Gilbert Murray

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

A language presupposes that all the individual users possess the organs.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Restoring the Welsh language in Wales is nothing less than a revolution.
It is only through revolutionary means that we can succeed.
- Saunders Lewis

I thought it was respectful to each country to sing in their language.
- Nana Mouskouri

My plays are made up of long monologues,
which is similar to prose working with the language.
- Elfriede Jelinek

As our language wanes and dies, the golden legends
of the far-off centuries fade and pass away.
No one sees their influence upon culture;
no one sees their educational power.
- Douglas Hyde

No one has a finer command of language than the person
who keeps his mouth shut.
- Sam Rayburn

After all, when you come right down to it,
how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
- Russell Hoban

Language is not only the vehicle of thought,
it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
- Humphry Davy

Do you know what would hold me together on a battlefield?
The sense that I was perpetuating the language in which
Keats and the rest of them wrote!
- Wilfred Owen

It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd
into an international language all those local overtones
of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist.
- Edward Sapir

Curiously enough, it seems to be only in describing
a mode of language which does not mean what it says
that one can actually say what one means.
- Paul de Man

Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed
merely towards correcting grammar.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Once you embody the language, the character comes really naturally,
especially when you put the costume on.
- Lucy Liu

Americans can pretty much sing anything,
whereas foreign singers are often limited in style,
language, even composer.
- Marilyn Horne

Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
- Karl Kraus

As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom,
language becomes printed noise.
- George Will

But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject
or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations.
It is nearer to utterance than history.
- Thomas Lynch

Jews are the intensive form of any nationality whose
language and customs they adopt.
- Emma Lazarus

Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the
English language? That would be:
Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?
- Jackson Browne

The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language,
the same tensions appearing in the original.
That's hard!
- Manuel Puig

Language can only deal meaningfully with a special,
restricted segment of reality.
The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part,
is silence.
- George Steiner

I'm really fascinated and you know I've been wondering
about that usage of language,
various breathing techniques and why in these practices
language is being used in another way.
- Kathy Acker

I must stick with Chinese language films.
- Zhang Yimou

I have my own language and it's high time I put a little of it out there.
- Paul Westerberg


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