Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889 -1951

Ludwig Wittgenstein was an Austrian Philosopher most famous for his examination of the effect of language in distorting as well as facilitating our understanding of philosophical questions. The parts of his work that are accessible to laymen have been a refreshing discovery to me. I am happy to share the following quotations from Ludwig Wittgenstein.
A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
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.
A picture is a fact.
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.
For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
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.
If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. Sphere: Related Content

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