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Willard Van Orman Quine
“A curious thing about the ontological problem is its simplicity. It can be put into three Anglo-Saxon monosyllables: 'What is there?' It can be answered, moreover, in a word--'Everything'--and everyone will accept this answer as true.”
W.V.O. Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine
“Life is what the least of us make the most of us feel the least of us make the most of.”
W.V.O. Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine
“To be is to be the value of a variable.”
W.V.O. Quine

William  James
“An outree explanation, violating all our preconceptions, would never pass for a true account of a novelty. We should scratch round industriously till we found something less excentric.”
William James, Pragmatism and Other Writings

Willard Van Orman Quine
“Students of the heavens are separable into astronomers and astrologers as readily as are the minor domestic ruminants into sheep and goats, but the separation of philosophers into sages and cranks seems to be more sensitive to frames of reference.”
W.V.O. Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine
“It is within science itself, and not in some prior philosophy, that reality is to be identified and described.”
W.V.O. Quine, Theories and Things

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.”
W.V.O. Quine

Antony Flew
“Prior to Flew, major apologies for atheism were those of Enlightenment thinkers (David Hume, Arthur Schopenhauer, Ludwig Feuerbach, and Friedrich Nietzsche).

Major philosophers of Flew’s generation who were atheists: W. V. O. Quine and Gilbert Ryle. But none took the step of developing book-length arguments to support their personal beliefs.

In later years, atheist philosophers who critically examined and rejected the traditional arguments for God’s existence: Paul Edwards, Wallace Matson, Kai Nielsen, Paul Kurtz, J. L. Mackie, Richard Gale, Michael Martin. But their works did not change the agenda and framework of discussion the way Flew’s innovative publications did.”
Antony Flew, There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

“The word 'definition' has come to have a dangerously reassuring sound, owing no doubt to its frequent occurrence in logical and mathematical writings.”
W.V.O. Quine

“Perhaps I can evoke the appropriate sense of bewilderment as follows. Mathematicians may conceivably be said to be necessarily rational and not necessarily two-legged; and cyclists necessarily two-legged and not necessarily rational. But what of an individual who counts among his eccentricities both mathematics and cycling? Is this concrete individual necessarily rational and contingency two-legged or vice versa? Just insofar as we are talking referentially of the object, with no special bias toward a background grouping of mathematics as against cyclists or vice versa, there is no semblance of sense in rating some of his attributes as necessary and others as contingent. Some of his attributes count as important and others as unimportant, yes; some as enduring and others as fleeting; but none as necessary or contingent.”
W. V. O. Quine

“One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.”
W. V. O. Quine