To be is to be the value of a variable.
On What There Is (1948)
[The state lottery is] a public subsidy of intelligence [since] it yields public income that is calculated to lighten the tax burden of us prudent abstainers at the expense of the benighted masses of wishful thinkers.
I have been accused of denying consciousness but I am not conscious of having done so.
The lore of our fathers is a fabric of sentences. A pale gray lore, black with fact and white with convention.