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Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

(1889-1951), Austrian Philosopher

It is a dogma of the Roman Church that the existence of God can be proved by natural reason. Now this dogma would make it impossible for me to be a Roman Catholic. If I thought of God as another being like myself, outside myself, only infinitely more powerful, then I would regard it as my duty to defy him.

Category: Catholicism

If you do know that here is one hand, we'll grant you all the rest.

Category: Certainty

A confession has to be part of your new life.

Category: Confession

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.

Category: Death And Dying

A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.

Category: Debate

Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.

Category: Grammar

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

Category: Health

Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.

Category: Humor

No one likes having offended another person; hence everyone feels so much better if the other person doesn't show he's been offended. Nobody likes being confronted by a wounded spaniel. Remember that. It is much easier patiently -- and tolerantly -- to avoid the person you have injured than to approach him as a friend. You need courage for that.

Category: Injury

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.

Category: Insanity

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.

Category: Knowledge

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.

Category: Language

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

Category: Language

Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.

Category: Lies And Lying