Top 52 Quotes of Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.

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What can be shown, cannot be said.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.

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The world is the totality of facts, not of things.

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

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The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

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The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

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The face is the soul of the body.

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

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Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.

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

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Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.

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Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

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Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.

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

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

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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.

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Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.

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

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

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

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Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.

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

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

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Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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.’

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

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

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If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.

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

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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.

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I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

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Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.

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For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.

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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.

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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.

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An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.

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A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.

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A picture is a fact.

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

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

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A nothing will serve just as well as a something about which nothing could be said.

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

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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.

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A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

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A confession has to be part of your new life.

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