Ludwig Wittgenstein

(1889-1951 / Vienna)

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

  • ''Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. repr. In Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 5:473 (1921, trans. 1922). Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for October 13, 1914, ed. Anscombe (1961).
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  • ''Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for November 1, 1914, ed. Anscombe (1961).
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  • ''The philosophical I is not the human being, not the human body or the human soul with the psychological properties, but the metaphysical subject, the boundary (not a part) of the world.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for Sept. 2, 1915, ed. Anscombe (1961). Wittgenstein reformulated this idea in Tractatus Logico- Philosophicus sct. 5: 641 (1921, trans. 1922): "The philosophical self is not the human being, not the human body, or the human soul with which psychology deals, but rather the metaphysical subject, the limit of the world—not a part of it."
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  • ''What has history to do with me? Mine is the first and only world! I want to report how I find the world. What others have told me about the world is a very small and incidental part of my experience. I have to judge the world, to measure things.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for September 2, 1915, ed. Anscombe (1961). In Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 5:63 (1921, trans. 1922), Wittgenstein paraphrased: "I am my world. (The microcosm)."
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  • ''When one is frightened of the truth ... then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916.
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  • ''Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. entry, Oct. 13, 1914. Notebooks 1914-1916, ed. Anscombe (1961). also published in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sct. 5:473 (1921, trans. 1922).
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  • ''It would strike me as ridiculous to want to doubt the existence of Napoleon; but if someone doubted the existence of the earth 150 years ago, perhaps I should be more willing to listen, for now he is doubting our whole system of evidence.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. On Certainty, sect. 185, ed. Anscombe and von Wright (1969).
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  • ''If you do know that here is one hand, we'll grant you all the rest.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. On Certainty, sct. 1 (1969). Opening sentence, a response to a lecture by the philosopher G.E. Moore, in which he refuted the premises of skepticism.
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  • ''Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. On Certainty, sct. 378, eds. Anscombe and von Wright (1969).
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  • ''Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony.''
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Personal Recollections, ch. 6, Rush Rhees (1981). Conversation in 1943.
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