Inspirational Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

Ludwig Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes.

His voluminous manuscripts were edited and published posthumously. Philosophical Investigations appeared as a book in 1953, and has since come to be recognized as one of the most important works of philosophy in the twentieth century. His teacher Bertrand Russell described Wittgenstein as “the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived; passionate, profound, intense, and dominating.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes
Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

“A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“How small a thought it takes to fill a life.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Only describe, don’t explain.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“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

“The world of the happy is quite different from that of the unhappy.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“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 quotes

“The face is the soul of the body.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

“At the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I act with complete certainty. But this certainty is my own.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again ‘I know that that’s a tree’, pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: ‘This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“What can be shown, cannot be said.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I am my world.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The eternal life is given to those who live in the present.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“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.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The eternal life is given to those who live in the present.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein quotes

“Philosophers are often like little children, who first scribble random lines on a piece of paper with their pencils, and now ask an adult ‘What is that?”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Hell isn’t other people. Hell is yourself.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“You can’t think decently if you’re not willing to hurt yourself.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Don’t for heaven’s sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“What is troubling us is the tendency to believe that the mind is like a little man within.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“When you are philosophizing you have to descend into primeval chaos and feel at home there.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“When we can’t think for ourselves, we can always quote.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If anyone is unwilling to descend into himself, because this is too painful, he will remain superficial in his writing. If I perform to myself, then it’s this that the style expresses. And then the style cannot be my own. If you are unwilling to know what you are, your writing is a form of deceit.”
― 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.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein quotes

“The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“It is a dogma of the Roman Church that the existence of God can be proved by natural reason. Now this dogma would make it impossible for me to be a Roman Catholic. If I thought of God as another being like myself, outside myself, only infinitely more powerful, then I would regard it as my duty to defy him.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

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