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Wittgenstein, Ludwig

  • 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 my world, to measure things.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

  • Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

  • 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.

  • 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 thought is like a fresh seed sewn on the ground of the discussion.