"Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation" yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.
Quine's paradox, in "The Ways of Paradox" in "The Ways of Paradox and other Essays" (1976)
We cannot stem linguistic change, but we can drag our feet. If each of us were to defy Alexander Pope and be the last to lay the old aside, it might not be a better world, but it would be a lovelier language.Willard Van Orman Quine
A fancifully fancyless medium of unvarnished news.Willard Van Orman Quine
Creatures inveterately wrong in their inductions have a pathetic but praiseworthy tendency to die before reproducing their kind.Willard Van Orman Quine
It is within science itself, and not in some prior philosophy, that reality is to be identified and described.Willard Van Orman Quine
Necessity resides in the way we talk about things, not in the things we talk about.Willard Van Orman Quine
Possibly, but my concern is that there not be more things in my philosophy than are in heaven and earth.Willard Van Orman Quine
How are we to adjudicate among rival ontologies? Certainly the answer is not provided by the semantical formula "To be is to be the value of a variable"; this formula serves rather, conversely, in testing the conformity of a given remark or doctrine to a prior ontological standard.Willard Van Orman Quine
Wyman's overpopulated universe is in many ways unlovely. It offends the aesthetic sense of us who have a taste for desert landscapes.Willard Van Orman Quine
One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.Willard Van Orman Quine
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