Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

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The real question of life after death isn't whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.

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If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.

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

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

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

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To convince someone of the truth, it is not enough to state it, but rather one must find the path from error to truth.

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Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

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We learn by rearranging what we know.

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

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He who lives in the present lives in eternity.

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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).

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

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About Ludwig Wittgenstein

Quotes 344 sayings
Nationality Austrian
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

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.

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Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.

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If you and I are to live religious lives, it mustn't be that we talk a lot about religion, but that our manner of life is different. It is my belief that only if you try to be helpful to other people will you in the end find your way to God.

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

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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.

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My day passes between logic, whistling, going for walks, and being depressed.

I wish to God that I were more intelligent and everything would finally become clear to me - or else that I needn't live much longer.

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

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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.

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

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The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.

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For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.

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I think one of the things you and I have to learn is that we have to live without the consolation of belonging to a Church.... Of one thing I am certain. The religion of the future will have to be extremely ascetic, and by that I don't mean just going without food and drink.

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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.

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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.

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This is how philosophers should salute each other: ‘Take your time.

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

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Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.

...Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries.

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In philosophy it is always good to put a question instead of an answer to a question. For an answer to the philosophical question may easily be unfair; disposing of it by means of another question is not.

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It is a dogma of the Roman Church that the existence of God can be proved by natural reason. Now this dogma would make it impossible for me to be a Roman Catholic. If I thought of God as another being like myself, outside myself, only infinitely more powerful, then I would regard it as my duty to defy him.

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

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Don't look for the meanings; look for the use.

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Most of the propositions and questions to be found in philosophical works are not false but nonsensical.

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What is thinkable is also possible.

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We see, not change of aspect, but change of interpretation.

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When you are philosophizing you have to descend into primeval chaos and feel at home there.

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Where two principles really do meet which cannot be reconciled with one another, then each man declares the other a fool and a heretic

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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.

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

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

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Freud's fanciful pseudo-explanations (precisely because they are brilliant) perform a disservice. Now any ass has these pictures available to use in "explaining" symptoms of an illness.

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The classifications made by philosophers and psychologists are like trying to classify clouds by their shape.

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Everything that can be said, can be said clearly.

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The subject does not belong to the world; rather, it is a limit of the world.

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Courage, not cleverness; not even inspiration, is the grain of mustard that grows up to be a great tree.

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There can never be surprises in logic.

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A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably.

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

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