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Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Biography : Austrian-British philosopher.
Born: 1889 - Died: 1951
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19th century
Place of birth: Austria
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Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
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Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

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It is clear that ethics cannot be stated. Ethics is transcendental.
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The world of the happy man is a different one from that of the unhappy man.
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What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.
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The meaning of a word is its use in the language.
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Ethics and aesthetics are one and the same.
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Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.
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The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
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The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
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The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

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You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
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An entire mythology is stored within our language.
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The world and life are one.
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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.
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Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
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Where does this idea come from? It is like a pair of glasses on our nose through which we see whatever we look at. It never occurs to us to take them off.
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The difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know.
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The world is everything that is the case.
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Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.
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It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.
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One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.
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Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.
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The world is independent of my will.
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Essence is expressed in grammar.
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The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.
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It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.
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Nowadays it is the fashion to emphasize the horrors of the last war. I didn't find it so horrible. There are just as horrible things happening all round us today, if only we had eyes to see them.
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A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
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Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.
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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.
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Man has to awaken to wonder - and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
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