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The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. ...
by Theodor Adorno

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

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There is no love that is not an echo.
- Theodor Adorno

Technology is making gestures precise and brutal,
and with them men.
- Theodor Adorno

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.
- 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

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

An emancipated society, on the other hand,
would not be a unitary state, but the realization of
universality in the reconciliation of differences.
- Theodor Adorno

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Love you will find only where you may show yourself
weak without provoking strength.
- Theodor Adorno

Not only is the self entwined in society;
it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
- Theodor Adorno

Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations.
It is the rhythm of total destruction.
- Theodor Adorno

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

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

A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself.
- Theodor Adorno

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

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
- Theodor Adorno

No emancipation without that of society.
- Theodor Adorno

The first and only principle of sexual ethics:
the accuser is always in the wrong.
- Theodor Adorno

True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.
- Theodor Adorno

He who matures early lives in anticipation.
- Theodor Adorno

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
- Theodor Adorno

Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that
from the figures of the unreal one day,
in spite of all, real deliverance will come.
- Theodor Adorno

In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is
nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so.
- Theodor Adorno

The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained
social laws of exploitation,
however mediated.
- 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

The whole is the false.
- 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

Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different,
and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
- Theodor Adorno

In the age of the individual's liquidation,
the question of individuality must be raised anew.
- Theodor Adorno

For a man who no longer has a homeland,
writing becomes a place to live.
- Theodor Adorno

When all actions are mathematically calculated,
they also take on a stupid quality.
- Theodor Adorno

Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members,
that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people.
- Theodor Adorno

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

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

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled
utopia than that of eternal peace.
- Theodor Adorno

Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each
moment whether one can indeed think.
- Theodor Adorno

The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions
of its customers as it counterfeits them.
- Theodor Adorno

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual
perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
- Theodor Adorno

Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
- Theodor Adorno

Proletarian language is dictated by hunger.
The poor chew words to fill their bellies.
- Theodor Adorno

Normality is death.
- Theodor Adorno

History does not merely touch on language,
but takes place in it.
- Theodor Adorno

Because thought has by now been perverted into the
solving of assigned problems,
even what is not assigned is processed like a problem.
- Theodor Adorno

Tact is the discrimination of differences.
It consists in conscious deviations.
- Theodor Adorno

The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass.
- Theodor Adorno

Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination
of distance between people.
- Theodor Adorno

Work while you work, play while you play -
this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.
- Theodor Adorno

He who integrates is lost.
- Theodor Adorno

Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the
coercion of logic by its own means.
- Theodor Adorno

Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.
- Theodor Adorno

The specific is not exclusive: it lacks the aspiration to totality.
- Theodor Adorno

The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.
- Theodor Adorno

Fascism is itself less 'ideological',
in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination
that is elsewhere concealed.
- Theodor Adorno

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others,
nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.
- Theodor Adorno

Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.
- Theodor Adorno

The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.
- Theodor Adorno

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

Intelligence is a moral category.
- Theodor Adorno

He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.
- Theodor Adorno

If time is money, it seems moral to save time,
above all one's own, and such parsimony is excused
by consideration for others.
One is straight-forward.
- Theodor Adorno

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.
- Theodor Adorno

In the abstract conception of universal wrong,
all concrete responsibility vanishes.
- Theodor Adorno

Exuberant health is always, as such,
sickness also.
- Theodor Adorno

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
- Theodor Adorno

Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has
no need either of him or his good opinion.
- Theodor Adorno

In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
- Theodor Adorno

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

The most powerful person is he who is able to do least
himself and burden others most with the things for
which he lends his name and pockets the credit.
- Theodor Adorno

Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated,
nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.
- Theodor Adorno

If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride,
here it is delivering the goods.
- Theodor Adorno

Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological,
category.
- Theodor Adorno

In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.
- Theodor Adorno


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