Quotations From LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

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  • 51.
    Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Philosophical Investigations, pt. 1, sct. 109 (1953). In the book, Wittgenstein argued that most philosophical problems arose from the systematic misuse of language, and could be solved by a new critical method of linguistic analysis.
  • 52.
    You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by G.E.M. Anscombe, Blackwell, second edition (1958). Philosophical Investigations, I, par. 384.

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  • 53.
    Logic must look after itself.... In a certain sense, we cannot make mistakes in logic.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 5.473.
  • 54.
    The so-called law of induction cannot possibly be a law of logic, since it is obviously a proposition with a sense.—Nor, therefore, can it be an a priori law.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.31.
  • 55.
    The world is all that is the case. The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 1-1.1.

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  • 56.
    Man has to awaken to wonder—and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1930 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).

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  • 57.
    Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1938 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • 58.
    Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1940 entry, Culture and Value, ed. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • 59.
    Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, entry for 1934, ed. G.H. von Wright with Heikki Nyman (1980).

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  • 60.
    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.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, entry in 1948, eds. G.H. von Wright with Heikki Nyman (1980).

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