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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: “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: “Philosophical problems can be compared to locks on safes, which can be opened by dialing a certain word or number, so that no force can open the door until just this word has been hit upon, and once it is hit upon any child can open it.”

Philosophical problems can be compared to locks on safes, which can be opened by dialing a certain word or number, so that no force can open the door until just this word has been hit upon, and once it is hit upon any child can open it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “What signs fail to express, their application shows. What signs slur over, their application says clearly.”

What signs fail to express, their application shows. What signs slur over, their application says clearly.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.”

There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Philosophy limits the thinkable and therefore the unthinkable.”

Philosophy limits the thinkable and therefore the unthinkable.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “You can’t think decently if you’re not willing to hurt yourself.”

You can’t think decently if you’re not willing to hurt yourself.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “This sort of thing has got to be stopped. Bad philosophers are like slum landlords. It’s my job to put them out of business.”

This sort of thing has got to be stopped. Bad philosophers are like slum landlords. It’s my job to put them out of business.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The so-called law of induction cannot possibly be a law of logic, since it is obviously a proposition with a sense. – Nor, therefore, can it be an a priori law.”

The so-called law of induction cannot possibly be a law of logic, since it is obviously a proposition with a sense. – Nor, therefore, can it be an a priori law.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The fact that we can describe the motions of the world using Newtonian mechanics tell us nothing about the world. The fact that we do, does tell us something about the world.”

The fact that we can describe the motions of the world using Newtonian mechanics tell us nothing about the world. The fact that we do, does tell us something about the world.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Where our language suggests a body and there is none: there, we should like to say, is a spirit.”

Where our language suggests a body and there is none: there, we should like to say, is a spirit.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “What should we gain by a definition, as it can only lead us to other undefined terms?”

What should we gain by a definition, as it can only lead us to other undefined terms?

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I Once wrote: “In mathematics process and result are equivalent.””

I Once wrote: “In mathematics process and result are equivalent.”

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Nothing is more important for teaching us to understand the concepts we have than to construct fictitious ones.”

Nothing is more important for teaching us to understand the concepts we have than to construct fictitious ones.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Telling someone something he does not understand is pointless, even if you add that he will not be able to understand it.”

Telling someone something he does not understand is pointless, even if you add that he will not be able to understand it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Courage, not cleverness; not even inspiration, is the grain of mustard that grows up to be a great tree.”

Courage, not cleverness; not even inspiration, is the grain of mustard that grows up to be a great tree.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.”

The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein



Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Only let’s cut out the transcendental twaddle when the whole thing is as plain as a sock on the jaw.”

Only let’s cut out the transcendental twaddle when the whole thing is as plain as a sock on the jaw.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Propositions show what they say: tautologies and contradictions show that they say nothing.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It is not humanly possible to gather immediately from it what the logic of language is. Language disguises thought.”

It is not humanly possible to gather immediately from it what the logic of language is. Language disguises thought.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A good guide will take you through the more important streets more often than he takes you down side streets; a bad guide will do the opposite. In philosophy I’m a rather bad guide.”

A good guide will take you through the more important streets more often than he takes you down side streets; a bad guide will do the opposite. In philosophy I’m a rather bad guide.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The world is made up of facts, not things.”

The world is made up of facts, not things.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Transparency painted in a picture produces its effect in a different way than opaqueness.”

Transparency painted in a picture produces its effect in a different way than opaqueness.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Is it even always an advantage to replace an indistinct picture by a sharp one? Isn’t the indistinct one often what we need?”

Is it even always an advantage to replace an indistinct picture by a sharp one? Isn’t the indistinct one often what we need?

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.”

You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “What has to be accepted, the given, is – so one could say – forms of life .”

What has to be accepted, the given, is – so one could say – forms of life .

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “There is not a philosophical method, though there are indeed methods, like different therapies.”

There is not a philosophical method, though there are indeed methods, like different therapies.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “In the world everything is as it is and happens as it does happen. In it, there is no value, – and if there were, it would be of no value.”

In the world everything is as it is and happens as it does happen. In it, there is no value, – and if there were, it would be of no value.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.”

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Human beings have a physical need to tell themselves when at work: “Let’s have done with it now,” and it’s having constantly to go on thinking in the face of this need when philosophizing that makes this work so strenuous.”

Human beings have a physical need to tell themselves when at work: “Let’s have done with it now,” and it’s having constantly to go on thinking in the face of this need when philosophizing that makes this work so strenuous.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A religious symbol does not rest on any opinion. And error belongs only with opinion. One would like to say: This is what took place here; laugh, if you can.”

A religious symbol does not rest on any opinion. And error belongs only with opinion. One would like to say: This is what took place here; laugh, if you can.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “A proposition is completely logically analyzed if its grammar is made completely clear: no matter what idiom it may be written or expressed in...”

A proposition is completely logically analyzed if its grammar is made completely clear: no matter what idiom it may be written or expressed in...

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “I am showing my pupils details of an immense landscape which they cannot possibly know their way around.”

I am showing my pupils details of an immense landscape which they cannot possibly know their way around.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.”

If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word ‘I.’”

One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word ‘I.’

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


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

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “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.’”

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


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The wish precedes the event, the will accompanies it.”

The wish precedes the event, the will accompanies it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Talent is a spring from which fresh water always flows.- But this spring is worthless if no good use is made of it.”

Talent is a spring from which fresh water always flows.- But this spring is worthless if no good use is made of it.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.”

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “White must be the lightest color in a picture.”

White must be the lightest color in a picture.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It’s only by thinking even more crazily than philosophers do that you can solve their problems.”

It’s only by thinking even more crazily than philosophers do that you can solve their problems.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “It is possible – indeed possible even according to the old conception of logic – to give in advance a description of all ‘true’ logical propositions. Hence there can never be surprises in logic.”

It is possible – indeed possible even according to the old conception of logic – to give in advance a description of all ‘true’ logical propositions. Hence there can never be surprises in logic.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “In philosophy it is always good to put a question instead of an answer to a question. For an answer to the philosophical question may easily be unfair; disposing of it by means of another question is not.”

In philosophy it is always good to put a question instead of an answer to a question. For an answer to the philosophical question may easily be unfair; disposing of it by means of another question is not.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “One age misunderstands another; and a petty age misunderstands all the others in its own ugly way.”

One age misunderstands another; and a petty age misunderstands all the others in its own ugly way.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “Elementary propositions consist of names.”

Elementary propositions consist of names.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein


Ludwig Wittgenstein Quote: “The process of induction is the process of assuming the simplest law that can be made to harmonize with our experience.”

The process of induction is the process of assuming the simplest law that can be made to harmonize with our experience.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

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