Ludwig Wittgenstein quotes

Born
Wittgenstein 26 April 1889 Vienna, Austria-Hungary.

Died
29 April 1951.

Occupation
Philosopher.

Ludwig Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From 1929 to 1947, Wittgenstein taught at the University of Cambridge.

What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
You learned the concept ‘pain’ when you learned language.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
A picture is a fact.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
A confession has to be part of your new life.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse’s good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
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
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
The face is the soul of the body.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
A man’s thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
– 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
You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
What can be shown, cannot be said.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein