Ludwig Wittgenstein

1889 - 1951

A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on language and understanding

To understand a sentence means to understand a language. To understand a language means to be master of a technique.

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 life and world

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. . . for I know that queer things happen in this world. It's one of the few things I've really learnt in my life.

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on questions

The riddle does not exist. If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Source: Tractatus Logico Philosophicus, New York, 1922.

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on laws and logic

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This procedure [selecting the simplest law], however, has no logical justification but only a psychological one.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Source: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 1974, 6.3631 p.70 . Pears and McGuiness, 1974

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on facts and world

The world is made up of facts, not things.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on order and thinking

In order to draw a limit to thinking, we should have to think both sides of this limit.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Source: Tractatus Logico Philosophicus

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on imagination

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Source: Philosophical Investigations

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