Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

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A picture is a model of reality.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
The face is the soul of the body.


Ambition is the death of thought.


Piano playing, a dance of human fingers.

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Genius is talent exercised with courage.

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Aim at being loved without being admired.

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Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
To pray is to think about the meaning of life.


Everything that can be said can be said clearly.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world.


A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.


Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.

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


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

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Because our goals are not lofty but illusory, our problems are not difficult, but nonsensical.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.

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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
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.


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.


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.


Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.


If life becomes hard to bear we think of a change in our circumstances.  But the most important and effective change, a change in our own attitude, hardly even occurs to us, and the resolution to take such a step is very difficult for us.