Martin Heidegger Quotes

Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.

Tell me how you read and I'll tell you who you are.

Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.

The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.

The possible ranks higher than the actual.

Time-space as commonly understood, in the sense of the distance measured between two time-points, is the result of time calculation.

Language is the house of the truth of Being.

To dwell is to garden.

Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary of thinking.

The poets are in the vanguard of a changed conception of Being.

Transcendence constitutes selfhood.

True time is four-dimensional.

Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it. But we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral; for this conception of it, to which today we particularly like to do homage, makes us utterly blind to the essence of technology.

We do not say: Being is, time is, but rather: there is Being and there is time.

We still by no means think decisively enough about the essence of action.

Whatever can be noted historically can be found within history.

Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?

To think is to confine yourself to a single thought that one day stands still like a star in the world's sky.

The small are always dependent on the great; they are "small" precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other "greats" and who can transform it in an original manner.

The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.

From our human experience and history, at least as far as I am informed, I know that everything essential and great has only emerged when human beings had a home and were rooted in a tradition. Today’s literature is, for instance, largely destructive.

We still by no means think decisively enough about the essence of action.

As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself.

But every historical statement and legitimization itself moves within a certain relation to history.

Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can't be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.

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