Ludwig Wittgenstein

(1889-1951 / Vienna)

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

  • ''It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversation, 1949. Ch. 6, published in Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversations 1947-48, ch. 6, Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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