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Born: 1908-06-25
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: American
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Language is a social art.

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Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump.

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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.

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Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word.

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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.

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Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption.

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Meaning is what essence becomes when it is divorced from the object of reference and wedded to the word.

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One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.

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

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The familiar material objects may not be all that is real, but they are admirable examples.

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To be is to be the value of a variable.

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We do not learn first what to talk about and then what to say about it.

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