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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: “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: “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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “All propositions are of equal value.”

All propositions are of equal value.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “What is left over if I subtract the fact that my arms goes up from the fact that I raise my arm?”

What is left over if I subtract the fact that my arms goes up from the fact that I raise my arm?

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The subject does not belong to the world; rather, it is a limit of the world.”

The subject does not belong to the world; rather, it is a limit of the world.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “How small a thought it takes to fill a life.”

How small a thought it takes to fill a life.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Architecture immortalizes and glorifies something. Hence there can be no architecture where there is nothing to glorify.”

Architecture immortalizes and glorifies something. Hence there can be no architecture where there is nothing to glorify.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.”

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “How hard I find it to see what is right in front of my eyes!”

How hard I find it to see what is right in front of my eyes!

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A wheel that can be turned though nothing else moves with it, is not a part of the mechanism.”

A wheel that can be turned though nothing else moves with it, is not a part of the mechanism.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Language disguises thought.”

Language disguises thought.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “We must do away with all explanation, and description alone must take its place.”

We must do away with all explanation, and description alone must take its place.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “No one can think a thought for me in the way that no one can don my hat for me.”

No one can think a thought for me in the way that no one can don my hat for me.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If life becomes hard to bear we think of a change in our circumstances. But the most important and effective change, a change in our own attitude, hardly even occurs to us, and the resolution to take such a step is very difficult for us.”

If life becomes hard to bear we think of a change in our circumstances. But the most important and effective change, a change in our own attitude, hardly even occurs to us, and the resolution to take such a step is very difficult for us.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If there were a verb meaning “to believe falsely,” it would not have any significant first person, present indicative.”

If there were a verb meaning “to believe falsely,” it would not have any significant first person, present indicative.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If you and I are to live religious lives, it mustn’t be that we talk a lot about religion, but that our manner of life is different. It is my belief that only if you try to be helpful to other people will you in the end find your way to God.”

If you and I are to live religious lives, it mustn’t be that we talk a lot about religion, but that our manner of life is different. It is my belief that only if you try to be helpful to other people will you in the end find your way to God.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If you tried to doubt everything you would not get as far as doubting anything. The game of doubting itself presupposes certainty.”

If you tried to doubt everything you would not get as far as doubting anything. The game of doubting itself presupposes certainty.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “One cannot guess how a word functions. One has to look at its use and learn from that. But the difficulty is to remove the prejudice which stands in the way of doing this. It is not a stupid prejudice.”

One cannot guess how a word functions. One has to look at its use and learn from that. But the difficulty is to remove the prejudice which stands in the way of doing this. It is not a stupid prejudice.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “For life in the present there is no death. Death is not an event in life. It is not a fact in the world.”

For life in the present there is no death. Death is not an event in life. It is not a fact in the world.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy.”

Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I act with complete certainty. But this certainty is my own.”

I act with complete certainty. But this certainty is my own.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A mathematical proof must be perspicuous.”

A mathematical proof must be perspicuous.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “What has history to do with me? Mine is the first and only world! I want to report how I find the world. What others have told me about the world is a very small and incidental part of my experience. I have to judge the world, to measure things.”

What has history to do with me? Mine is the first and only world! I want to report how I find the world. What others have told me about the world is a very small and incidental part of my experience. I have to judge the world, to measure things.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The truth can be spoken only by someone who is already at home in it; not by someone who still lives in untruthfulness, and does no more than reach out towards it from within untruthfulness.”

The truth can be spoken only by someone who is already at home in it; not by someone who still lives in untruthfulness, and does no more than reach out towards it from within untruthfulness.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “All mathematics is tautology.”

All mathematics is tautology.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The philosopher strives to find the liberating word, that is, the word that finally permits us to grasp what up to now has intangibly weighed down upon our consciousness.”

The philosopher strives to find the liberating word, that is, the word that finally permits us to grasp what up to now has intangibly weighed down upon our consciousness.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.”

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Think of words as instruments characterized by their use, and then think of the use of a hammer, the use of a chisel, the use of a square, of a glue pot, and of the glue.”

Think of words as instruments characterized by their use, and then think of the use of a hammer, the use of a chisel, the use of a square, of a glue pot, and of the glue.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “We learn by rearranging what we know.”

We learn by rearranging what we know.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “With my full philosophical rucksack I can only climb slowly up the mountain of mathematics.”

With my full philosophical rucksack I can only climb slowly up the mountain of mathematics.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “In order to draw a limit to thinking, we should have to think both sides of this limit.”

In order to draw a limit to thinking, we should have to think both sides of this limit.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.”

For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “What we do is to bring words back from their metaphysical to their everyday use.”

What we do is to bring words back from their metaphysical to their everyday use.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It’s impossible for me to say one word about all that music has meant to me in my life. How, then, can I hope to be understood?”

It’s impossible for me to say one word about all that music has meant to me in my life. How, then, can I hope to be understood?

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.”

An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “There is no criterion by which to recognize what is a color, except that it is one of our colors.”

There is no criterion by which to recognize what is a color, except that it is one of our colors.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A picture is a model of reality.”

A picture is a model of reality.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The aspects of a thing that are most important to us are hidden to us because of their simplicity and familiarity.”

The aspects of a thing that are most important to us are hidden to us because of their simplicity and familiarity.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know.”

The difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Every sign by itself seems dead. What gives it life? – In use it is alive. Is life breathed into it there? – Or is the use its life?”

Every sign by itself seems dead. What gives it life? – In use it is alive. Is life breathed into it there? – Or is the use its life?

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Our ordinary language has no means for describing a particular shade of color. Thus it is incapable of producing a picture of this color.”

Our ordinary language has no means for describing a particular shade of color. Thus it is incapable of producing a picture of this color.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “We find certains things about seeing puzzling, because we do not find the whole business of seeing puzzling enough.”

We find certains things about seeing puzzling, because we do not find the whole business of seeing puzzling enough.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophy just puts everything before us, and neither explains nor deduces anything.-Since everything lies open to view there is nothing to explain.”

Philosophy just puts everything before us, and neither explains nor deduces anything.-Since everything lies open to view there is nothing to explain.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It would strike me as ridiculous to want to doubt the existence of Napoleon; but if someone doubted the existence of the earth 150years ago, perhaps I should be more willing to listen, for now he is doubting our whole system of evidence.”

It would strike me as ridiculous to want to doubt the existence of Napoleon; but if someone doubted the existence of the earth 150years ago, perhaps I should be more willing to listen, for now he is doubting our whole system of evidence.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

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