Ludwig Wittgenstein's Quotes
Biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein
The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language.Tags: Behavior, Language, Means
When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.Tags: Frightened, Truth, Whole
Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.Tags: Keyboard, Striking, Word
One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word 'I.'Tags: Language, Misleading, Word
Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.Tags: Die, Sleep, Snow
Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.Tags: Care, Logic, Takes
Man has to awaken to wonder - and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.Tags: Him, Science, Sleep
It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed 'Wisdom.' And then I know exactly what is going to follow: 'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'Tags: Culture, Seems, Wisdom
A man's thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.Tags: Public, Thinking, Within
It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.Tags: Him, Himself, Questions
Logic must look after itself. In a certain sense, we cannot make mistakes in logic.Tags: After, Cannot, Mistakes
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Propositions show what they say: tautologies and contradictions show that they say nothing.Tags: Show
Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony.Tags: Attitude, Religion, Sex
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.Tags: Good, Humor, Mean
The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to. The one that gives philosophy peace, so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.Tags: Peace, Philosophy, Real
It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.Tags: Mechanics, Music, Played
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.Tags: Death, Experience, Life
A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.Tags: Door, Him, Rather
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.Tags: Enjoy, Pretty, Why
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.Tags: Between, Reality, Thought
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.Tags: Good, Serious, Work
Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.Tags: Body, Doctrine, Logic
Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.Tags: Cleverness, Green, Stay
I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.Tags: Good, Life, Nature
Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.Tags: Philosophy, Place, Trying
The world is independent of my will.Tags: Problem
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.Tags: Against, Battle, Philosophy
What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.Tags: Aim, Philosophy, Show
Nowadays it is the fashion to emphasize the horrors of the last war. I didn't find it so horrible. There are just as horrible things happening all round us today, if only we had eyes to see them.Tags: Eyes, Today, War
A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.Tags: Goes, Ring, Taking
Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.Tags: Free, Great, Single