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  • 1.
    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.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, pt. 2, sct. 2 (1953).
  • 2.
    We have got onto slippery ice where there is no friction and so in a certain sense the conditions are ideal, but also, just because of that, we are unable to walk. We want to walk so we need friction. Back to the rough ground!
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), British (Austrian born) philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, part I, 107 (1953). Working in an ideal language, or with an ideal logic, makes it impossible to make progress with our problems.
  • 3.
    Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. entry, Oct. 13, 1914. Notebooks 1914-1916, ed. Anscombe (1961). also published in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sct. 5:473 (1921, trans. 1922).
  • 4.
    The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), British (Austrian born) philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, part I, 206 (1953). All languages have common moorings.
  • 5.
    An "inner process" stands in need of outward criteria.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher, worked m.. Philosophical Investigations, Part I, sect. 580, p. 153e, Macmillan (1953).
  • 6.
    Always get rid of theory private object in this way: assume that it constantly changes, but that you do not notice the change because your memory constantly deceives you.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher, worked m.. Philosophical Investigations, Part II, p. 209e, Macmillan (1953).

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  • 7.
    For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Personal Recollections, ch. 6, ed. Rush Rhees (1981). Conversation in 1930.
  • 8.
    A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversation, 1930. Personal Recollections, ch. 6, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
  • 9.
    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.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Personal Recollections, ch. 6, Rush Rhees (1981). Conversation in 1943.

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  • 10.
    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.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for November 1, 1914, ed. Anscombe (1961).
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