Quotation by 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 (b. 1931), U.S. philosopher. "The Contingency of Language," ch. 1, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989).
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