50 Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes: Sayings from a Great Philosopher

 

1. “Only describe, don’t explain.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

2. “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

 

3. “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

4. “Genius is talent exercised with courage.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

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

 

6. “If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

7. “Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 



 

8. “The difference between a good and a poor architect is that the poor architect succumbs to every temptation and the good one resists it.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

9.  “If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

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

 

11. “What is thinkable is also possible.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

12. “This is how philosophers should salute each other: ‘Take your time.’” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

13. “If the will did not exist, neither would there be that centre of the world, which we call the I.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

14. “The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

15. “Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

16. “Idealism leads to realism if it is strictly thought out.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

17. “Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

18. “Philosophy should make clear and delimit sharply the thoughts which otherwise are, as it were, opaque and blurred.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

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19. “All I know is what I have words for.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

20. “Hell isn’t other people. Hell is yourself.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

21. “To convince someone of the truth, it is not enough to state it, but rather one must find the path from error to truth.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

22. “Don’t look for the meanings; look for the use.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

23. “Always come down from the barren heights of cleverness into the green valleys of folly.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

24. “It is truly strange how long it takes to get to know oneself. I am now sixty two years old, yet just one moment ago I realised that I absolutely love lightly toasted bread. Simultaneously, I also realised that I loathe bread when it is heavily toasted. For almost sixty years, and quite unconsciously, I have been experiencing inner joy or total despair at my relationship with grilled bread.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

25. “Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

26. “If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

27. “Ideas too sometimes fall from the tree before they are ripe.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

28. “For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. The riddle does not exist. If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

29. “Talent is a spring from which fresh water always flows.- But this spring is worthless if no good use is made of it.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 



 

30. “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

 

31. “Everything ritualistic must be strictly avoided, because it immediately turns rotten. Of course a kiss is a ritual too and it isn’t rotten, but ritual is permissible only to the extent that it is as genuine as a kiss.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

32. “You can’t be reluctant to give up your lie and still tell the truth.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

33. “One must always be prepared to learn something totally new.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

34. “Philosophy unravels the knots in our thinking; hence its results must be simple, but its activity is as complicated as the knots that it unravels.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

35. “Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

36. “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.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

37. “A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

38. “To think that you are not following a rule is to follow a rule.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

39. “Philosophical problems can be compared to locks on safes, which can be opened by dialing a certain word or number, so that no force can open the door until just this word has been hit upon, and once it is hit upon any child can open it.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

40. “I am my world.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

41. “If suicide is allowed then everything is allowed. If anything is not allowed then suicide is not allowed. This throws a light on the nature of ethics, for suicide is, so to speak, the elementary sin. And when one investigates it it is like investigating mercury vapour in order to comprehend the nature of vapours.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

42. “I really do think with my pen, because my head often knows nothing about what my hand is writing.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

43. “We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 



 

44. “Religion is, as it were, the calm bottom of the sea at its deepest point, which remains calm however high the waves on the surface may be.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

45. “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

 

46. “Genius is talent in which character makes itself heard.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

47. “It’s impossible for me to say one word about all that music has meant to me in my life. How, then, can I hope to be understood?” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

48. “To believe in a God means to understand the question about the meaning of life. 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

 

49. “Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

50. “The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

 

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