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  • 21.
    The world is independent of my will.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.373.

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  • 22.
    All philosophy is a 'critique of language' (though not in Mauthner's sense). It was Russell who performed the service of showing that the apparent logical form of a proposition need not be its real one.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.0031.
  • 23.
    For a large class of cases—though not for all—in which we employ the word "meaning" it can be defined thus: the meaning of a word is its use in the language.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, pt. 1, sct. 43 (1953).
  • 24.
    The subject does not belong to the world; rather, it is a limit of the world.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher (worked mainly at Cambridge University). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 5.632, Routledge & Kegan Paul (2nd ed., 1961).

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  • 25.
    What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 7.

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  • 26.
    The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 5.6.

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  • 27.
    A propositional sign, applied and thought out, is a thought. A thought is a proposition with a sense.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 3.5-4.
  • 28.
    Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.13.

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  • 29.
    Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Zettel, sct. 55 (1967).
  • 30.
    It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.36311.

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