Richard Rorty Quotes

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 (b. 1931), U.S. philosopher. "From Ironist Theory to Private Allusions," ch. 6, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989).
There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves.
Richard Rorty (b. 1931), U.S. philosopher. "Pragmatism and Philosophy," Consequences of Pragmatism (1982). Rorty was arguing here against the notion that there is some metaphysical "truth" about human beings—i.e., some kind of answer within us to the problems presented to us by the world.
Truth is simply a compliment paid to sentences seen to be paying their way.
Richard Rorty (b. 1931), U.S. philosopher. quoted in New York Times Magazine (Feb. 12, 1990).
Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.
Richard Rorty (b. 1931), U.S. philosopher. Quoted in New York Times Magazine (February 12, 1990).
The difference between people and ideas is ... only superficial.
Richard Rorty (b. 1931), U.S. philosopher. "Self-creation and Affiliation: Proust, Nietzsche, and Heidegger," ch. 5, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989).