20 Astonishing John Austin Quotes

John Austin is an originator of the school of analytical jurisprudence. As a British philosopher, Austin was best distinguished as developing the theory of speech acts. Publishing several books during his lifetime such as the book, ‘How to Do Things with Words,’ here is a look at some of the most notable John Austin quotes below.

“But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of – the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement.”

“Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word, if there is such a thing.”

“Going back into the history of a word, very often into Latin, we come back pretty commonly to pictures or models of how things happen or are done.”

“I feel like we are making a crucial step in helping to preserve the Boulder area, and this very special corner of the West.”

“In the one defense, briefly, we accept responsibility but deny that it was bad: in the other, we admit that it was bad but don’t accept full, or even any, responsibility.”

“Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which have the general character of ritual or ceremonial, all conventional acts.”


“It can’t be done. We don’t rely on this to make any money. Breaking even would be good enough.”

“It’s a long way to Albuquerque or El Paso. It’s not as tight a core,”

“Law is commands joined to threats of punishment”

“On the south side of the building, they are bringing in fill dirt for what will be a temporary parking lot.”

“Sentences are not as such either true or false.”

“There are great costs. It is a real challenge.”

“There are more ways of outraging speech than contradiction merely.”

“They’re attractive, quality-of-life places and have a somewhat more diverse economic base. It’s close to Chicago.”

“Usually it is uses of words, not words in themselves, that are properly called vague.”

“We actually have no idea what will happen when you put in a state-of-the-art wind turbine ? what the actual effect on species would be.”

“We are asking people to call and check the status of their flights before they leave for the airport.”

“We have a few more months of site work. We have to dig ponds and prepare the foundation.”

“We have made headway at improving the standards and accountability for setting high expectations for all learners. We haven’t made as dramatic and important steps as we must.”

“You can’t beat about the bush. Blair was a negative factor on the doorstep, time and time and time again.”

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