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Wittgenstein – A Reckless Necklace of Quotes

Philosopher Wittenstein

Leaving His Stamp Upon The Way We See the World

My Favorite first, and then, the remaining pearls:

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.

If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.

The world is the totality of facts, not of things.

A confession has to be part of your new life.

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

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

Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

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

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

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.

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.

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

I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

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.

It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’

For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.

Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.

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.

Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.

The world is independent of my will.

A man’s thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.

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.

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

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

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

One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word ‘I.’

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.

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

Nowadays it is the fashion to emphasize the horrors of the last war. I didn’t find it so horrible. There are just as horrible things happening all round us today, if only we had eyes to see them.

A picture is a fact.

The face is the soul of the body.

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

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.

The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to. The one that gives philosophy peace, so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.

The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language.

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.

You learned the concept ‘pain’ when you learned language.

What can be shown, cannot be said.

What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.

There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.

It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise.

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

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.

Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.

One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.

An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.

Logic must look after itself. In a certain sense, we cannot make mistakes in logic.

A philosophical problem has the form: I don’t know my way about.

Propositions show what they say: tautologies and contradictions show that they say nothing.

If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
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