Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

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

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 death.

If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

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

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.

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 moment.

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

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."

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

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 world. Logic is transcendental.

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 them.

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

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.

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 means of 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 the imagination.

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.

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