Inspirational Theodor Adorno Quotes

Theodor W. Adorno (September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, and composer. This post features some Inspirational Theodor Adorno Quotes.

Theodor Adorno is known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse, for whom the work of Freud, Marx, and Hegel were essential to a critique of modern society.

He is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s foremost thinkers on aesthetics and philosophy, as well as one of its preeminent essayists. As a critic of both fascism and what he called the culture industry, his writings—such as Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947), Minima Moralia (1951) and Negative Dialectics (1966)—strongly influenced the European New Left.

Theodor Adorno Quotes
Theodor Adorno Quotes

Theodor Adorno Quotes

“Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.”
― Theodor Adorno

“To those who no longer have a homeland, writing becomes home.”
Theodor Adorno quotes

“Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass available.”
― Theodor Adorno

“People know what they want because they know what other people want.”
― Theodor Adorno

“There is no love that is not an echo.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.”
― Theodor Adorno

“There is no right life in the wrong one.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Dissonance is the truth about harmony.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The darkening of the world makes the irrationality of art rational: radically darkened art.”
― Theodor Adorno

“True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Talent is perhaps nothing other than successfully sublimated rage.”
― Theodor Adorno

“For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Art is the social antithesis of society, not directly deducible from it.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Triviality is evil – triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The forms of art reflect the history of man more truthfully than do documents themselves.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Only thought which does violence to itself is hard enough to shatter myth.”
― Theodor Adorno

“The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Pleasure always means not to think about anything, to forget suffering even where it is shown. Basically it is helplessness. It is flight; not, as is asserted, flight from a wretched reality, but from the last remaining thought of resistance.”
― Theodor Adorno

“Freud made the discovery- quite genuinely, simply through working on his own material- that the more deeply one explores the phenomena of human individuation, the more unreservedly one grasps the individual as a self-contained and dynamic entity, the closer one draws to that in the individual which is really no longer individual.”
― Theodor Adorno

“It would be advisable to think of progress in the crudest, most basic terms: that no one should go hungry anymore, that there should be no more torture, no more Auschwitz. Only then will the idea of progress be free from lies.”
― Theodor Adorno

“He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest. While he gropingly forms his own life in the frail image of a true existence, he should never forget its frailty, nor how little the image is a substitute for true life. Against such
awareness, however, pulls the momentum of the bourgeois within him.”
― Theodor Adorno

Inspirational Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes

Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 – December 25, 2000) was an American philosopher and logician. This post features some Inspirational Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes.

He is recognized as “one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.” He filled the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard from 1956 to 1978. A 2009 poll conducted among analytic philosophers named Quine as the fifth most important philosopher of the past two centuries. He won the first Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy in 1993.

Quine falls squarely into the analytic philosophy tradition while also being the main proponent of the view that philosophy is not conceptual analysis but the abstract branch of the empirical sciences.

Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes
Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes

Willard Van Orman Quine Quotes

“Necessity resides in the way we talk about things, not in the things we talk about.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Logic chases truth up the tree of grammar.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Life is what the least of us make the most of us feel the least of us make the most of.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Language is a social art.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption. ”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“At root what is needed for scientific inquiry is just receptivity to data, skill in reasoning, and yearning for truth. Admittedly, ingenuity can help too.”
Willard Van Orman Quine

“Science is not a substitute for common sense, but an extension of it.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“As an empiricist I continue to think of the conceptual scheme of science as a tool, ultimately, for predicting future experience in the light of past experience.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Life is agid, life is fulgid. Life is what the least of us make most of us feel the least of us make the most of. Life is a burgeoning, a quickening of the dim primordial urge in the murky wastes of time.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine quotes

“It is within science itself, and not in some prior philosophy, that reality is to be identified and described.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“The familiar material objects may not be all that is real, but they are admirable examples.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Physical objects are conceptually imported into the situation as convenient intermediaries not by definition in terms of experience, but simply as irreducible posits comparable, epistemologically, to the gods of Homer . . . For my part I do, qua lay physicist, believe in physical objects and not in Homer’s gods; and I consider it a scientific error to believe otherwise. But in point of epistemological footing, the physical objects and the gods differ only in degree and not in kind. Both sorts of entities enter our conceptions only as cultural posits.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“To be is to be the value of a variable.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“A curious thing about the ontological problem is its simplicity. It can be put into three Anglo-Saxon monosyllables: ‘What is there?’ It can be answered, moreover, in a word–‘Everything’–and everyone will accept this answer as true.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump. ”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“It is one of the consolations of philosophy that the benefit of showing how to dispense with a concept does not hinge on dispensing with it.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

“The word ‘definition’ has come to have a dangerously reassuring sound, owing no doubt to its frequent occurrence in logical and mathematical writings.”
― Willard Van Orman Quine

Inspirational Gottlob Frege Quotes

Gottlob Frege (8 November 1848 – 26 July 1925) was a German philosopher, logician, and mathematician. This post features some Inspirational Gottlob Frege Quotes.

He is considered as a major figure in mathematics, he is responsible for the development of modern logic and making contributions to the foundations of mathematics. He is also understood by many to be the father of analytic philosophy, where he concentrated on the philosophy of language and mathematics. Though largely ignored during his lifetime, Giuseppe Peano (1858–1932) and Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) introduced his work to later generations of logicians and philosophers.

Gottlob Frege Quotes
Gottlob Frege Quotes

Gottlob Frege Quotes

“Every good mathematician is at least half a philosopher, and every good philosopher is at least half a mathematician.”
― Gottlob Frege

“‘Facts, facts, facts,’ cries the scientist if he wants to emphasize the necessity of a firm foundation for science. What is a fact? A fact is a thought that is true. But the scientist will surely not recognize something which depends on men’s varying states of mind to be the firm foundation of science.”
― Gottlob Frege

“A scientist can hardly meet with anything more undesirable than to have the foundations give way just as the work is finished. I was put in this position by a letter from Mr. Bertrand Russell when the work was nearly through the press.”
― Gottlob Frege

“It really is worth the trouble to invent a new symbol if we can thus remove not a few logical difficulties and ensure the rigour of the proofs. But many mathematicians seem to have so little feeling for logical purity and accuracy that they will use a word to mean three or four different things, sooner than make the frightful decision to invent a new word.”
― Gottlob Frege

“Your discovery of the contradiction caused me the greatest surprise and, I would almost say, consternation, since it has shaken the basis on which I intended to build my arithmetic…. It is all the more serious since, with the loss of my rule V, not only the foundations of my arithmetic, but also the sole possible foundations of arithmetic seem to vanish.”
Gottlob Frege

“It is possible, of course, to operate with figures mechanically, just as it is possible to speak like a parrot: but that hardly deserves the names of thought. It only becomes possible at all after the mathematical notation has, as a result of genuine thought, been so developed that it does the thinking for us, so to speak.”
― Gottlob Frege

“Having visual impressions is, of course, necessary for seeing things, but it is not sufficient. What must be added is not anything sensible. And it is precisely this that unlocks the outer world for us; for without this non-sensible something, each of us would remain locked up in his inner world.”
― Gottlob Frege

“One can hardly deny that mankind has a common store of thoughts which is transmitted from one generation to another.”
Gottlob Frege quotes

“If the task of philosophy is to break the domination of words over the human mind […], then my concept notation, being developed for these purposes, can be a useful instrument for philosophers […] I believe the cause of logic has been advanced already by the invention of this concept notation.”
― Gottlob Frege

“Being true is different from being taken as true, whether by one or by many or everybody, and in no case is it to be reduced to it. There is no contradiction in something’s being true which everybody takes to be false. I understand by ‘laws of logic’ not psychological laws of takings-to-be-true, but laws of truth. …If being true is thus independent of being acknowledged by somebody or other, then the laws of truth are not psychological laws: they are boundary stones set in an eternal foundation, which our thought can overflow, but never displace. It is because of this that they have authority for our thought if it would attain truth. They do not bear the relation to thought that the laws of grammar bear to language; they do not make explicit the nature of our human thinking and change as it changes.”
― Gottlob Frege

“The aim of scientific work is truth. While we internally recognise something as true, we judge, and while we utter judgements, we assert.”
― Gottlob Frege

“I hope I may claim in the present work to have made it probable that the laws of arithmetic are analytic judgments and consequently a priori. Arithmetic thus becomes simply a development of logic, and every proposition of arithmetic a law of logic, albeit a derivative one. To apply arithmetic in the physical sciences is to bring logic to bear on observed facts; calculation becomes deduction.”
― Gottlob Frege

“There is more danger of numerical sequences continued indefinitely than of trees growing up to heaven. Each will some time reach its greatest height.”
― Gottlob Frege

“A judgment, for me is not the mere grasping of a thought, but the admission of its truth.”
― Gottlob Frege

“I compare arithmetic with a tree that unfolds upwards in a multitude of techniques and theorems while the root drives into the depths.”
Gottlob Frege quotes

“Without some affinity in human ideas art would certainly be impossible; but it can never be exactly determined how far the intentions of the poet are realized.”
― Gottlob Frege