Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

Posted: May 31, 2011 in Did you know?, Logic Related
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Quotes from the famous philosopher

Ludwig Wittgenstein:

“This sort of thing has got to be stopped. Bad philosophers are like slum landlords. It’s my job to put them out of business.”

“If you and I are to live religious lives, it mustn’t be that we talk a lot about religion, but that our manner of life is different. It is my belief that only if you try to be helpful to other people will you in the end find your way to God.”

“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.”

“I have always thought that Darwin was wrong: his theory doesn’t account for all this variety of species. It hasn’t the necessary multiplicity. Nowadays some people are fond of saying that at last evolution has produced a species that is able to understand the whole process which gave it birth. … you can’t say [that today].” Rhees, R. (ed.), Ludwig Wittgenstein: Personal Recollections, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, p. 174, 1981.

Very intelligent and well-educated people believe in the story of creation in the Bible, while others hold it as proven false, and the grounds of the latter are well known to the former [emphasis in original]”. Anscombe, G.E.M. and von Wright, G.H. (eds.), Ludwig Wittgenstein: On Certainty, Harper & Row, New York, p. 43e, 1972.

“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.” Wittgenstein, L., Notebooks 1914–1916, Harper, New York, NY, p. 74e, 1961.

“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.”

“For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.”

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

“Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’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.”

“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.”

“When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.”


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