Quotes by German Philosopher Theodor Adorno

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing. Theodor Adorno

Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them. Theodor Adorno

The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday. Theodor Adorno

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar. Theodor Adorno

The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power. Theodor Adorno

The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own. Theodor Adorno

The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings. Theodor Adorno

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire. Theodor Adorno

In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew. Theodor Adorno
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A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it. Theodor Adorno

The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners. Theodor Adorno
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No emancipation without that of society. Theodor Adorno

Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated. Theodor Adorno

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself. Theodor Adorno

But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain. Theodor Adorno

To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults. Theodor Adorno

Life has become the ideology of its own absence. Theodor Adorno

True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves. Theodor Adorno
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In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve. Theodor Adorno
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Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means. Theodor Adorno

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