Ludwig Wittgenstein

(1889-1951 / Vienna)

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, 1939-1940 entry, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
  • ''It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for May 1, 1915, ed. Anscombe (1961).
  • ''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...."
  • ''Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for May 14, 1915, ed. Anscombe (1961). also published in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 4:002 (1921, trans. 1922): "Everyday language is a part of the human organism and is no less complicated than it."

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