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Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I am not interested in constructing a building, so much as in having a perspicuous view of the foundations of possible buildings.”

I am not interested in constructing a building, so much as in having a perspicuous view of the foundations of possible buildings.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “There can never be surprises in logic.”

There can never be surprises in logic.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I’m doing philosophy like an old woman, first I’m looking for my pencil, then I’m looking for my glasses, then I’m looking for my pencil again.”

I’m doing philosophy like an old woman, first I’m looking for my pencil, then I’m looking for my glasses, then I’m looking for my pencil again.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A philosophical problem has the form: I don’t know my way about.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.”

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Words are probes. Some reach very deep, some only to a little depth.”

Words are probes. Some reach very deep, some only to a little depth.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophy can be said to consist of three activities: to see the commonsense answer, to get yourself so deeply into the problem that the common sense answer is unbearable, and to get from that situation back to the commonsense answer.”

Philosophy can be said to consist of three activities: to see the commonsense answer, to get yourself so deeply into the problem that the common sense answer is unbearable, and to get from that situation back to the commonsense answer.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It is clear that the causal nexus is not a nexus at all.”

It is clear that the causal nexus is not a nexus at all.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Man is the microcosm: I am my world.”

Man is the microcosm: I am my world.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The depressed man lives in a depressed world.”

The depressed man lives in a depressed world.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “You learned the concept ‘pain’ when you learned language.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A French politician once wrote that it was a peculiarity of the French language that in it words occur in the order in which one thinks them.”

A French politician once wrote that it was a peculiarity of the French language that in it words occur in the order in which one thinks them.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.”

We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophy unravels the knots in our thinking; hence its results must be simple, but its activity is as complicated as the knots that it unravels.”

Philosophy unravels the knots in our thinking; hence its results must be simple, but its activity is as complicated as the knots that it unravels.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long.”

The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations.”

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I think I summed up my attitude to philosophy when I said: philosophy ought really to be written only as a poetic composition.”

I think I summed up my attitude to philosophy when I said: philosophy ought really to be written only as a poetic composition.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The face is the soul of the body.”

The face is the soul of the body.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Russell’s books should be bound in two colours, those dealing with mathematical logic in red – and all students of philosophy should read them; those dealing with ethics and politics in blue – and no one should be allowed to read them.”

Russell’s books should be bound in two colours, those dealing with mathematical logic in red – and all students of philosophy should read them; those dealing with ethics and politics in blue – and no one should be allowed to read them.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If in life we are surrounded by death, then in the health of our intellect we are surrounded by madness.”

If in life we are surrounded by death, then in the health of our intellect we are surrounded by madness.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A tautology’s truth is certain, a proposition’s possible, a contradiction’s impossible.”

A tautology’s truth is certain, a proposition’s possible, a contradiction’s impossible.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The solution to the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of this problem.”

The solution to the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of this problem.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It is much easier to bury a problem than to solve it.”

It is much easier to bury a problem than to solve it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “One is unable to notice something because it is always before one’s eyes.”

One is unable to notice something because it is always before one’s eyes.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “That the world is, is the mystical.”

That the world is, is the mystical.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Is my understanding only blindness to my own lack of understanding? It often seems so to me.”

Is my understanding only blindness to my own lack of understanding? It often seems so to me.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “You could attach prices to thoughts. Some cost a lot, some a little. And how does one pay for thoughts? The answer, I think, is: with courage.”

You could attach prices to thoughts. Some cost a lot, some a little. And how does one pay for thoughts? The answer, I think, is: with courage.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophy may in no way interfere with the actual use of language; it can in the end only describe it.”

Philosophy may in no way interfere with the actual use of language; it can in the end only describe it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “What Copernicus really achieved was not the discovery of a true theory but of a fertile new point of view.”

What Copernicus really achieved was not the discovery of a true theory but of a fertile new point of view.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Could one imagine a stone’s having consciousness? And if anyone can do so-why should that not merely prove that such image-mongery is of no interest to us?”

Could one imagine a stone’s having consciousness? And if anyone can do so-why should that not merely prove that such image-mongery is of no interest to us?

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “An entire mythology is stored within our language.”

An entire mythology is stored within our language.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If you want to go down deep you do not need to travel far; indeed, you don’t have to leave your most immediate and familiar surroundings.”

If you want to go down deep you do not need to travel far; indeed, you don’t have to leave your most immediate and familiar surroundings.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It is love that believes the resurrection.”

It is love that believes the resurrection.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Every explanation is after all an hypothesis.”

Every explanation is after all an hypothesis.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Man has to awaken to wonder – and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Sometimes, in doing philosophy, one just wants to utter an inarticulate sound.”

Sometimes, in doing philosophy, one just wants to utter an inarticulate sound.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I am my world.”

I am my world.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “You can’t hear God speak to someone else, you can hear him only when you are being addressed.”

You can’t hear God speak to someone else, you can hear him only when you are being addressed.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “When I obey a rule, I do not choose. I obey the rule blindly .”

When I obey a rule, I do not choose. I obey the rule blindly .

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Golden is a surface colour.”

Golden is a surface colour.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A philosopher always finds more grass to feed upon in the valleys of stupidity than on the arid heights of intelligence.”

A philosopher always finds more grass to feed upon in the valleys of stupidity than on the arid heights of intelligence.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Always get rid of theory private object in this way: assume that it constantly changes, but that you do not notice the change because your memory constantly deceives you.”

Always get rid of theory private object in this way: assume that it constantly changes, but that you do not notice the change because your memory constantly deceives you.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Black seems to make a colour cloudy, but darkness doesn’t. A ruby could thus keep getting darker without ever becoming cloudy; but if it became blackish red, it would become cloudy.”

Black seems to make a colour cloudy, but darkness doesn’t. A ruby could thus keep getting darker without ever becoming cloudy; but if it became blackish red, it would become cloudy.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The real question of life after death isn’t whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

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