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Quotations From THEODOR W ADORNO

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  • 1.
    True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.
    Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), German philosopher, sociologist, music critic. Minima Moralia, pt. 3, sct. 122, "Monograms," (1951), trans. by G.F.N. Jephcott (1978).

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  • 2.
    Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
    Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), German philosopher, sociologist, music critic. "Cultural Criticism and Society," Prisms (1967).

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  • 3.
    There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence.
    Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), German philosopher, sociologist, music critic. "Cultural Criticism and Society," Prisms (1967).

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  • 4.
    Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
    Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), German philosopher, sociologist, music critic. "Perennial Fashion—Jazz," Prisms (1967).
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