Ludwig Wittgenstein (Philosopher)

#15858 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 Quotes about joy
#15859 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Tell them I've had a wonderful life. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about life
#15860 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem... .

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#15861 Ludwig Wittgenstein

My difficulty is only an — enormous — difficulty of expression. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about expression
#15862 Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about self
#15863 Ludwig Wittgenstein

What do I know about God and the purpose of life? I know that this world exists. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about life
#15864 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The World and Life are one. ... Ethics and Aesthetics are one. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about life
#15865 Ludwig Wittgenstein

It seems to me as good as certain that we cannot get the upper hand against England. The English — the best race in the world — cannot lose! We, however, can lose and shall lose, if not this year then next year. The thought that our race is going to be beaten depresses me terribly, because I am completely German. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about world
#15866 Ludwig Wittgenstein

You won't — I really believe — get too much out of reading it. Because you won't understand it; the content will seem strange to you. In reality, it isn't strange to you, for the point is ethical. I once wanted to give a few words in the foreword which now actually are not in it, which, however, I'll write to you now because they might be a key for you: I wanted to write that my work consists of two parts: of the one which is here, and of everything which I have not written. And precisely this second part is the important one. .

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#15867 Ludwig Wittgenstein

"It is necessary to be given the prop that all elementary props are given." This is not necessary because it is even impossible. There is no such prop! That all elementary props are given is SHOWN by there being none having an elementary sense which is not given. .

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#15868 Ludwig Wittgenstein

A proposition is completely logically analyzed if its grammar is made completely clear: no matter what idiom it may be written or expressed in... .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about logic
#15869 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The meaning of a question is the method of answering it: then what is the meaning of 'Do two men really mean the same by the word "white"?' Tell me how you are searching, and I will tell you what you are searching for. .

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#15870 Ludwig Wittgenstein

What I give is the morphology of the use of an expression. I show that it has kinds of uses of which you had not dreamed. In philosophy one feels forced to look at a concept in a certain way. What I do is suggest, or even invent, other ways of looking at it. I suggest possibilities of which you had not previously thought. You thought that there was one possibility, or only two at most. But I made you think of others. Furthermore, I made you see that it was absurd to expect the concept to conform to those narrow possibilities. Thus your mental cramp is relieved, and you are free to look around the field of use of the expression and to describe the different kinds of uses of it. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about philosophy
#15872 Ludwig Wittgenstein

What is troubling us is the tendency to believe that the mind is like a little man within. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about mind
#15873 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about religion
#15874 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Why in the world shouldn't they have regarded with awe and reverence that act by which the human race is perpetuated. Not every religion has to have '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. .

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#15875 Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

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#15877 Ludwig Wittgenstein

was by far the most profound thinker of the last century. Kierkegaard was a saint. .

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#15878 Ludwig Wittgenstein

A good guide will take you through the more important streets more often than he takes you down side streets; a bad guide will do the opposite. In philosophy I'm a rather bad guide. .

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#15879 Ludwig Wittgenstein

As translated by , first edition (1961), Second edition (1984) .

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#15880 Ludwig Wittgenstein

One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is. .

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#15881 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about self
#15882 Ludwig Wittgenstein

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. .

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#15884 Ludwig Wittgenstein

I cannot get from the nature of the proposition to the individual logical operations!!! That is, I cannot bring out how far the proposition is the picture of the situation. I am almost inclined to give up all my efforts. —— .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about nature
#15886 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it. .

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#15887 Ludwig Wittgenstein

One of the most difficult of the philosopher's tasks is to find out where the shoe pinches. .

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#15888 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Certainly it is correct to say: Conscience is the voice of God. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about science
#15889 Ludwig Wittgenstein

What do I know about God and the purpose of life? I know that this world exists. That I am placed in it like my eye in its visual field. That something about it is problematic, which we call its meaning. This meaning does not lie in it but outside of it. That life is the world. That my will penetrates the world. That my will is good or evil. Therefore that good and evil are somehow connected with the meaning of the world.The , i.e. the meaning of the world, we can call God. And connect with this the comparison of God to a father.To pray is to think about the meaning of life. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about life
#15890 Ludwig Wittgenstein

To believe in a God means to understand the question about the . To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about life
#15891 Ludwig Wittgenstein

There are two godheads: the world and my independent I. I am either happy or unhappy, that is all. It can be said: good or evil do not exist. A man who is happy must have no fear. Not even in the face of death.Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about god
#15892 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The World and Life are one. Physiological life is of course not "Life". And neither is psychological life. Life is the world. Ethics does not treat of the world. Ethics must be a condition of the world, like logic.Ethics and Aesthetics are one. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about life
#15893 Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is true: Man is the microcosm: I am my world. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about world
#15894 Ludwig Wittgenstein

What cannot be imagined cannot even be talked about. .

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#15895 Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is clear that the causal nexus is not a nexus at all. .

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#15896 Ludwig Wittgenstein

online at Wikisource .

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#15897 Ludwig Wittgenstein

What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about silence
#15898 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Certain, possible, impossible: here we have the first indication of the scale that we need in the theory of probability. .

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#15899 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in just the way in which our visual field has no limits. .

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#15900 Ludwig Wittgenstein

My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them... He must so to speak throw away the ladder... .

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#15901 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The aim of the book is to set a limit to thought, or rather — not to thought, but to the expression of thoughts: for in order to be able to set a limit to thought, we should have to find both sides of the limit thinkable (i.e. we should have to be able to think what cannot be thought). It will therefore only be in language that the limit can be set, and what lies on the other side of the limit will simply be nonsense. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about thoughts
#15902 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The whole sense of the book might be summed up the following words: what can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence. .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about words
#15903 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The world is all that is the case. (1) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about world
#15904 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The world is the totality of facts, not things. (1.1) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about world
#15905 Ludwig Wittgenstein

What is the case, the fact, is the existence of atomic facts. (2) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about existence
#15906 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The logical picture of the facts is the thought. (3) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about thought
#15907 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Though a state of affairs that would contravene the laws of physics can be represented by us spatially, one that would contravene the laws of geometry cannot. (3.0321) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about law
#15908 Ludwig Wittgenstein

The thought is the significant proposition. (4) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about thought
#15909 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in 'philosophical propositions', but rather in the clarification of propositions. Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries. (4.112) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about philosophy
#15910 Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is quite impossible for a proposition to state that it itself is true. (4.442) .

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes about self
#15911 Ludwig Wittgenstein

A tautology's truth is certain, a proposition's possible, a contradiction's impossible. (Certain, possible, impossible: here we have the first indication of the scale that we need in the theory of probability.) (4.464) .

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