Ludwig Wittgenstein
Quotations


A confession has to be part of your new life.

A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

The face is the soul of the body.

Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.

What has history to do with me? Mine is the first and only world! I want to report how I find the world. What others have told me about the world is a very small and incidental part of my experience. I have to judge the world, to measure things.

I am my world.

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.

Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgment.

Everyday language is a part of the human organism and is no less complicated than it.

Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.

I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.

Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.

The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.

It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.

Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.

It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.

For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.

Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony.

Man has to awaken to wonder--and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.

Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.

There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.

If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.

In order to be able to set a limit to thought, we should have to find both sides of the limit thinkable (i.e. we should have to be able to think what cannot be thought).

You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.

When one is frightened of the truth . . . then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.

Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.

A new word is like a fresh seed sewn on the ground of the discussion.



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