“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
“One age misunderstands another; and a petty age misunderstands all the others in its own ugly way.”
“What signs fail to express, their application shows. What signs slur over, their application says clearly.”
“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.”
“We must plow through the whole of language.”
“Concerning that which cannot be talked about, we should not say anything.”
“A picture whose pictorial form is logical form is called a logical picture.”
“We see, not change of aspect, but change of interpretation.”
“A man’s thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.”
“It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.”
“If the will did not exist, neither would there be that centre of the world, which we call the I.”
“You might say that certain words are only pegs to hang intonations on.”
“A propositional sign, applied and thought out, is a thought. A thought is a proposition with a sense.”
“Most of the propositions and questions to be found in philosophical works are not false but nonsensical.”
“So we do sometimes think because it has been found to pay.”
“There is such a thing as the impression of luminosity.”
“The totality of facts determines both what is the case, and also all that is not the case.”
“Suppose we think while we talk or write – I mean, as we normally do – we shall not in general say that we think quicker than we talk, but the thought seems not to be separate from the expression.”
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