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Man has to awaken to wonder - and so perhaps do peoples.
by Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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

 

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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

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

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

A confession has to be part of your new life.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The world is independent of my will.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

What can be shown, cannot be said.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

A picture is a fact.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

The face is the soul of the body.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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

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

An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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

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

One of the most misleading representational techniques
in our language is the use of the word 'I.'
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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

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

If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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

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

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

A philosophical problem has the form:
I don't know my way about.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl


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