Inspirational Martin Heidegger Quotes

Martin Heidegger (26 September 1889 – 26 May 1976) was a German philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Martin Heidegger Quotes.

According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, he is “widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century.” Heidegger is best known for his contributions to Phenomenology and Existentialism, though as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy cautions, “his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification.”

Heidegger also made critical contributions to philosophical conceptions of truth, arguing that its original meaning was unconcealment, to philosophical analyses of art as a site of the revelation of truth, and to philosophical understanding of language as the “house of being.” Heidegger’s later work includes criticisms of technology’s instrumentalist understanding in the Western tradition as “enframing,” treating all of Nature as a “standing reserve” on call for human purposes.

Martin Heidegger Quotes
Martin Heidegger Quotes

Martin Heidegger Quotes

“He who thinks great thoughts often makes great errors.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Tell me how you read and I’ll tell you who you are.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?”
― Martin Heidegger

“Time is not a thing, thus nothing which is, and yet it remains constant in its passing away without being something temporal like the beings in time.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can’t be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.”
― Martin Heidegger

“There is no such thing as an empty word, only one that is worn out yet remains full.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man. ”
― Martin Heidegger

“The small are always dependent on the great; they are “small” precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other “greats” and who can transform it in an original manner.”
― Martin Heidegger

“To think is to confine yourself to a single thought that one day stands still like a star in the world’s sky.”
― Martin Heidegger

“What was Aristotle’s life?’ Well, the answer lay in a single sentence: ‘He was born, he thought, he died.’ And all the rest is pure anecdote.”
Martin Heidegger

“Language is the house of the truth of Being.”
Martin Heidegger quotes

“Being the rational animal, man must be capable of thinking if he really wants to. Still, it may be that man wants to think, but cannot.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary of thinking.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The poets are in the vanguard of a changed conception of Being.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Temporality temporalizes as a future which makes present in the process of having been.”
― Martin Heidegger

“I know that everything essential and great originated from the fact that the human being had a homeland and was rooted in tradition.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Everyone is the other and no one is himself.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The possible ranks higher than the actual.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant.”
― Martin Heidegger

“What seems natural to us is probably just something familiar in a long tradition that has forgotten the unfamiliar source from which it arose. And yet this unfamiliar source once struck man as strange and caused him to think and to wonder.”
Martin Heidegger quotes

“To be a poet in a destitute time means: to attend, singing, to the trace of the fugitive gods. This is why the poet in the time of the world’s night utters the holy.”
― Martin Heidegger

“Everyone is the other, and no one is himself. The they, which supplies the answer to the who of everyday Da-sein, is the nobody to whom every Da-sein has always already surrendered itself, in its being-among-one-another.”
― Martin Heidegger

“And so man, as existing transcendence abounding in and surpassing toward possibilities, is a creature of distance. Only through the primordial distances he establishes toward all being in his transcendence does a true nearness to things flourish in him.”
― Martin Heidegger

“The senses do not enable us to cognize any entity in its Being; they merely serve to announce the ways in which ‘external’ Things within-the-world are useful or harmful for human creatures encumbered with bodies….they tell us nothing about entities in their Being.”
― Martin Heidegger

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