Top 10 Richard Rorty Quotes of 2020

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“There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves.”

― Richard Rorty

“Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.”

― Richard Rorty

“Well, what there ought to be is an international labor organization, a confederation of the trade unions of all the countries speaking for the workers who are competing with one another, and talking about the difference in wage levels between, say, Europe and Indonesia.”

― Richard Rorty

“The difference between people and ideas is… only superficial.”

― Richard Rorty

“The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.”

― Richard Rorty

“The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that.”

― Richard Rorty

“Truth is simply a compliment paid to sentences seen to be paying their way.”

― Richard Rorty

“I think of an intellectual as just being bookish, being interested in history books, utopian ideas, that kind of thing.”

― Richard Rorty

“I think that a good Left is a party that always thinks about the future and doesn’t care much about our past sins.”

― Richard Rorty

“I think you can have a Left that isn’t culturally conservative talking about lunch-bucket issues.”

― Richard Rorty
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