A confession has to be part of your new life.
What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out
of the fly-bottle.
Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience
If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration
but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would
A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked
opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than
A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a
boxer who never goes into the ring.
A philosophical problem has the form: I don't know my way
about. A serious and good philosophical work could be written
consisting entirely of jokes.
An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.
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.
For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is
not in order to enjoy ourselves.
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
It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy
with questions which do not concern him.
It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter
And then I know exactly what is going to follow: "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."
Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and
reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the
Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and
see how it does it.
Man has to awaken to wonder - and so perhaps do peoples.
Science is a
way of sending him to sleep again.
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
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
One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it
Our greatest stupidities may be very
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.
Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by
which we interpret an unknown language.
The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of
What can be shown, cannot be said.
When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.