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Quotations From LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

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  • 31.
    The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for October 18, 1914, ed. Anscombe (1961). later reformulated in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 5:552 (1921, trans. 1922), "Logic is prior to every experience—that something is so...."

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  • 32.
    Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, journal entry, 1939-1940, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).

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  • 33.
    The face is the soul of the body.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, 1932-1934 entry, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • 34.
    You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, journal entry for 1929, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).

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  • 35.
    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.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, 1942 entry, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • 36.
    A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, 1929 entry, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • 37.
    A confession has to be part of your new life.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, journal entry 1931, ed. G.H. von Wright with Heikki Nyman (1980).

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  • 38.
    Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, 1947 journal entry, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • 39.
    If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversation, 1930, ch. 6, Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
  • 40.
    There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1948 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
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