Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

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.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversation, 1949. Ch. 6, published in Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
Man has to awaken to wonder—and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1930 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1938 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1940 entry, Culture and Value, ed. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1948 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversation, 1930, ch. 6, Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversations 1947-48, ch. 6, Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).
A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, 1929 entry, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, 1947 journal entry, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).
A confession has to be part of your new life.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, journal entry 1931, ed. G.H. von Wright with Heikki Nyman (1980).