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Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “An image is not a picture, but a picture can correspond to it.”

An image is not a picture, but a picture can correspond to it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Here the term ‘language-game’ is meant to bring into prominence the fact that the speaking of language is part of an activity, of a form of life.”

Here the term ‘language-game’ is meant to bring into prominence the fact that the speaking of language is part of an activity, of a form of life.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I won’t say ‘See you tomorrow’ because that would be like predicting the future, and I’m pretty sure I can’t do that.”

I won’t say ‘See you tomorrow’ because that would be like predicting the future, and I’m pretty sure I can’t do that.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “That which cannot be said must not be said. That which cannot be said, one must be silent thereof.”

That which cannot be said must not be said. That which cannot be said, one must be silent thereof.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “When we think about the future of the world, we always have in mind its being where it would be if it continued to move as we see it moving now. We do not realize that it moves not in a straight line and that its direction changes constantly.”

When we think about the future of the world, we always have in mind its being where it would be if it continued to move as we see it moving now. We do not realize that it moves not in a straight line and that its direction changes constantly.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. The riddle does not exist. If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.”

For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. The riddle does not exist. If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life.”

Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Because our goals are not lofty but illusory, our problems are not difficult, but nonsensical.”

Because our goals are not lofty but illusory, our problems are not difficult, but nonsensical.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The popular scientific books by our scientists aren’t the outcome of hard work, but are written when they are resting on their laurels.”

The popular scientific books by our scientists aren’t the outcome of hard work, but are written when they are resting on their laurels.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “At the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded.”

At the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A main cause of philosophical disease-an unbalanced diet: one nourishes one’s thinking with only one kind of example.”

A main cause of philosophical disease-an unbalanced diet: one nourishes one’s thinking with only one kind of example.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “People often say that aesthetics is a branch of psychology. The idea is that once we are more advanced-all the mysteries of art-will be understood by psychological experiments. Exceedingly stupid at this idea is, this is roughly it.”

People often say that aesthetics is a branch of psychology. The idea is that once we are more advanced-all the mysteries of art-will be understood by psychological experiments. Exceedingly stupid at this idea is, this is roughly it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “We could present spatially an atomic fact which contradicted the laws of physics, but not one which contradicted the laws of geometry.”

We could present spatially an atomic fact which contradicted the laws of physics, but not one which contradicted the laws of geometry.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The only life that is happy is the life that can renounce the amenities of the world. To it the amenities of the world are so many graces of fate.”

The only life that is happy is the life that can renounce the amenities of the world. To it the amenities of the world are so many graces of fate.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “When we can’t think for ourselves, we can always quote.”

When we can’t think for ourselves, we can always quote.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If God had looked into our minds he would not have been able to see there whom we were speaking of.”

If God had looked into our minds he would not have been able to see there whom we were speaking of.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Everything that can be said, can be said clearly.”

Everything that can be said, can be said clearly.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If one understands eternity as timelessness, and not as an unending timespan, then whoever lives in the present lives for all time.”

If one understands eternity as timelessness, and not as an unending timespan, then whoever lives in the present lives for all time.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the last century. Kierkegaard was a saint.”

Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the last century. Kierkegaard was a saint.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophical problems arise when language goes on holiday.”

Philosophical problems arise when language goes on holiday.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “When you are philosophizing you have to descend into primeval chaos and feel at home there.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The eternal life is given to those who live in the present.”

The eternal life is given to those who live in the present.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “There is no more light in a genius than in any other honest man – but he has a particular kind of lens to concentrate this light into a burning point.”

There is no more light in a genius than in any other honest man – but he has a particular kind of lens to concentrate this light into a burning point.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Religion is, as it were, the calm bottom of the sea at its deepest point, which remains calm however high the waves on the surface may be.”

Religion is, as it were, the calm bottom of the sea at its deepest point, which remains calm however high the waves on the surface may be.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.”

To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Aim at being loved without being admired.”

Aim at being loved without being admired.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Ambition is the death of thought.”

Ambition is the death of thought.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophy, as we use the word, is a fight against the fascination which forms of expression exert upon us.”

Philosophy, as we use the word, is a fight against the fascination which forms of expression exert upon us.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Don’t look for the meanings; look for the use.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If you use a trick in logic, whom can you be tricking other than yourself?”

If you use a trick in logic, whom can you be tricking other than yourself?

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If we were to imagine an orange on the blue side or green on the red side or violet on the yellow side, it would give us the same impression as a north wind coming from the southwest.”

If we were to imagine an orange on the blue side or green on the red side or violet on the yellow side, it would give us the same impression as a north wind coming from the southwest.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only.”

Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The object of philosophy is the logical clarification of thought.”

The object of philosophy is the logical clarification of thought.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The classifications made by philosophers and psychologists are like trying to classify clouds by their shape.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.”

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Genius is talent in which character makes itself heard.”

Genius is talent in which character makes itself heard.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.”

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Logic must look after itself. In a certain sense, we cannot make mistakes in logic.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “How things stand, is God. God is, how things stand.”

How things stand, is God. God is, how things stand.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “An honest religious thinker is like a tightrope walker. He almost looks as though he were walking on nothing but air. His support is the slenderest imaginable. And yet it really is possible to walk on it.”

An honest religious thinker is like a tightrope walker. He almost looks as though he were walking on nothing but air. His support is the slenderest imaginable. And yet it really is possible to walk on it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Genius is talent exercised with courage.”

Genius is talent exercised with courage.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “My aim is: to teach you to pass from a piece of disguised nonsense to something that is patent nonsense.”

My aim is: to teach you to pass from a piece of disguised nonsense to something that is patent nonsense.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If, for example, you were to think more deeply about death, then it would be truly strange if, in so doing, you did not encounter new images...”

If, for example, you were to think more deeply about death, then it would be truly strange if, in so doing, you did not encounter new images...

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.”

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

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