Martin Heidegger Quotes
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.
only begins at the point where we have come to
know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate
adversary of thinking.
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
We do not say: Being is, time is, but rather: there is Being and there
We still by no means think decisively enough about the essence of
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
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