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 :: 1889-1951, Austrian Philosopher

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Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Knowledge]

 

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Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Language]

 

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Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Grammar]

 

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Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Logic]

 

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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.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Science and Scientists]

 

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Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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No one likes having offended another person; hence everyone feels so much better if the other person doesn't show he's been offended. Nobody likes being confronted by a wounded spaniel. Remember that. It is much easier patiently -- and tolerantly -- to avoid the person you have injured than to approach him as a friend. You need courage for that.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Injury]

 

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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.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Religion]

 

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One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Truth]

 

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Our civilization is characterized by the word ''progress.'' Progress is its form rather than making progress being one of its features. Typically it constructs. It is occupied with building an ever more complicated structure. And even clarity is sought only
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Progress]

 

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Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Stupidity]

 

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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.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Winners and Winning]

 

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Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Lies and Lying]

 

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The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Health]

 

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The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Vocabulary]

 

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The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Logic]

 

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The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to. -- The one that gives philosophy peace, so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein - [Speech]

 

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