Ludwig Wittgenstein

1889 - 1951

A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

"A man will be imprisoned in a room

with a door that's unlocked and opens

inwards, as long as it doesn't occur to him to pull rather than push."

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on eternity, infinity, life, and time

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Source: The Infinite

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A Quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein on silly, outgoing, and daring

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on language, cognition, and limitation

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on common sense, philosophy, and problems

Philosophy can be said to consist of three activities: to see the commonsense answer, to get yourself so deeply into the problem that the common sense answer is unbearable, and to get from that situation back to the commonsense answer.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on intelligence, language, and philosophy

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on civilization, clarity, and progress

Our civilization is characterized by the word "progress." Progress is its form rather than making progress being one of its features. Typically it constructs. It is occupied with building an ever more complicated structure. And even clarity is seldom sought.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on attitude, common sense, delusion, and illness

You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on death, eternity, failure, immortality, life, purpose, soul, survival, and present

Not only is there no guarantee of the temporal immortality of the human soul, that is to say of its eternal survival after death; but, in any case, this assumption completely fails to accomplish the purpose for which it has always been intended. Or is some riddle solved by my surviving forever? Is not this eternal life itself as much of a riddle as our present life?

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on difficulty, learning, prejudice, and stupidity

One cannot guess how a word functions. One has to look at its use and learn from that. But the difficulty is to remove the prejudice which stands in the way of doing this. It is not a stupid prejudice.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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