Quotations From LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

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  • 11.
    The philosophical I is not the human being, not the human body or the human soul with the psychological properties, but the metaphysical subject, the boundary (not a part) of the world.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for Sept. 2, 1915, ed. Anscombe (1961). Wittgenstein reformulated this idea in Tractatus Logico- Philosophicus sct. 5: 641 (1921, trans. 1922): "The philosophical self is not the human being, not the human body, or the human soul with which psychology deals, but rather the metaphysical subject, the limit of the world—not a part of it."

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  • 12.
    Think of the tools in a tool-box: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screwdriver, a rule, a glue-pot, nails and screws.—The function of words are as diverse as the functions of these objects.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by G.E.M. Anscombe, Blackwell, second edition (1958). Philosophical Investigations, I, par. 11.
  • 13.
    Suppose we think while we talk or write—I mean, as we normally do—we shall not in general say that we think quicker than we talk, but the thought seems not to be separate from the expression.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher, worked mainly at Cambridge University. Philosophical Investigations, part I, sect. 318, p. 104e, Macmillan (1953). Emphasis in the original.
  • 14.
    A wheel that can be turned though nothing else moves with it, is not a part of the mechanism.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), British (Austrian born) philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, part I, 271 (1953). Any inner experiences that fail to correspond to public behavior in some orderly way are irrelevant to meaning.
  • 15.
    When one is frightened of the truth ... then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916.

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  • 16.
    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.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, pt. 1, sct. 133 (1953).

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  • 17.
    A picture whose pictorial form is logical form is called a logical picture.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 2.181.
  • 18.
    All propositions are of equal value.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.4.
  • 19.
    The world is everything that is the case.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), British (Austrian born) philosopher. Trans. by C.K. Ogden (1922). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the opening line of the book (1922). Announcing a fact-ontology (by contrast with one based on things).

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  • 20.
    What can be shown, cannot be said.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.1212.
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