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  • ''One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. "Epistemology Naturalized," Ontological Relativity and Other Essays, Columbia University Press (1969).
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  • ''To be is to be the value of a variable.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher. Methods of Logic, p. 224, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc. (1950).
  • ''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 (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. "Ontological Relativity," Ontological Relativity and Other Essays, Columbia University Press (1969).
  • ''Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. "Speaking of Objects," Ontological Relativity and Other Essays, Columbia University Press (1969).
  • ''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 (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher. Theories and Things, p. 93, Harvard University Press (1981).
  • ''Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. The Roots of Reference, p. 68, 1973. Summarizing the author's view that language arises out of confusing noises evoked by things with the things themselves, but that the rigor science demands later purifies it.
  • ''One man's antinomy is another man's falsidical paradox, give or take a couple of thousand years.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher. The Ways of Paradox, p. 9, Harvard University Press, revised and enlarged edition (1976).
  • ''Irrefragability, thy name is mathematics.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher. The Ways of Paradox, p. 22, Harvard University Press, revised and enlarged edition (1976).
  • ''Meaning is what essence becomes when it is divorced from the object of reference and wedded to the word.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. "Two Dogmas of Empiricism," From a Logical Point of View.
  • ''The familiar material objects may not be all that is real, but they are admirable examples.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. Word and Object, p. 3 (1960).

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