Quotes of Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ To understand is to know what to do. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ The real question of life after death isn’t whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ The real question of life after death isn't whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ I am my world. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again 'I know that that’s a tree', pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: 'This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ How small a thought it takes to fill a life. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Philosophy hasn't made any progress? If somebody scratches the spot where he has an itch, do we have to see some progress? Isn't genuine scratching otherwise, or genuine itching itching? And can't this reaction to an irritation continue in the same way for a long time before a cure for the itching is discovered? ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Don't think, but look! (PI 66) ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ An honest religious thinker is like a tightrope walker. He almost looks as though he were walking on nothing but air. His support is the slenderest imaginable. And yet it really is possible to walk on it. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Most of the propositions and questions to be found in philosophical works are not false but nonsensical. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Everything that can be thought at all can be thought clearly. Everything that can be said can be said clearly. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Der Zweck der Philosophie ist die logische Klärung der Gedanken. Die Philosophie ist keine Lehre, sondern eine Tätigkeit. Ein philosophisches Werk besteht wesentlich aus Erläuterungen. Das Resultat der Philosophie sind nicht »philosophische Sätze«, sondern das Klarwerden von Sätzen. Die Philosophie soll die Gedanken, die sonst, gleichsam, trübe und verschwommen sind, klar machen und scharf abgrenzen. 4.112 The object of philosophy is the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a theory but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. The result of philosophy is not a number of "philosophical propositions", but to make propositions clear. Philosophy should make clear and delimit sharply the thoughts which otherwise are, as it were, opaque and blurred. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ 6.4311 Der Tod ist kein Ereignis des Lebens. Den Tod erlebt man nicht. Wenn man unter Ewigkeit nicht unendliche Zeitdauer, sondern Unzeitlichkeit versteht, dann lebt der ewig, der in der Gegenwart lebt. Unser Leben ist ebenso endlos, wie unser Gesichtsfeld grenzenlos ist. 6.4311 Death is not an event of life. Death is not lived through. If by eternity is understood not endless temporal duration but timelessness, then he lives eternally who lives in the present. Our life is endless in the way that our visual field is without limit. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Language disguises thought. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ There is a truth in Schopenhauer’s view that philosophy is an organism, and that a book on philosophy, with a beginning and end, is a sort of contradiction. ... In philosophy matters are not simple enough for us to say ‘Let’s get a rough idea’, for we do not know the country except by knowing the connections between the roads. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Philosophy, as we use the word, is a fight against the fascination which forms of expression exert upon us. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ In philosophy it is always good to put a question instead of an answer to a question. For an answer to the philosophical question may easily be unfair; disposing of it by means of another question is not. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Perhaps what is inexpressible (what I find mysterious and am not able to express) is the background against which whatever I could express has its meaning. ”

- Ludwig Wittgenstein
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