Quotes

11 November 2014
We walk along the cliff, and I feel a sudden impulse to push you over, which I promptly do: I acted on impulse, yet I certainly intended to push you over, and may even have devised a little ruse to achieve it; yet even then I did not act deliberately, for I did not (stop to) ask myself whether to do it or not.
11 November 2014
You are more than entitled not to know what the word 'performative' means. It is a new word and an ugly word, and perhaps it does not mean anything very much. But at any rate there is one thing in its favor, it is not a profound word.
11 November 2014
I feel ruefully sure, also, that one must be at least one sort of fool to rush in over ground so well trodden by the angels.
11 November 2014
Let us distinguish between acting intentionally and acting deliberately or on purpose, as far as this can be done by attending to what language can teach us.
11 November 2014
Usually it is uses of words, not words in themselves, that are properly called 'vague.'
11 November 2014
What I shall have to say here is neither difficult nor contentious; the only merit I should like to claim for it is that of being true, at least in parts.
11 November 2014
A sentence is made up of words, a statement is made in words.... Statements are made, words or sentences are used.
11 November 2014
The theory of truth is a series of truisms.
11 November 2014
I begin, then, with some remarks about 'the meaning of a word.' I think many persons now see all or part of what I shall say: but not all do, and there is a tendency to forget, or to get it slightly wrong. In so far as I am merely flogging the converted, I apologize to them.
11 November 2014
For this reason I think it might be better to use, for this way of doing philosophy, some less misleading name than those given above—for instance, 'linguistic phenomenology,' only that is rather a mouthful.

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