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A confession has to be part of your new life.
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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.
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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.
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A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
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A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.
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A philosophical problem has the form: I don't know my way about.
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A picture is a fact.
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A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
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An inner process stands in need of outward criteria.
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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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Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.
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For a large class of cases - though not for all - in which we employ the word ''meaning'' it can be defined thus: the meaning of a word is its use in the language.
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For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
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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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I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
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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.
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If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
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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.
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If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.
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If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
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If you do know that here is one hand, we'll grant you all the rest.
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In order to be able to set a limit to thought, we should have to find both sides of the limit thinkable (i.e. we should have to be able to think what cannot be thought).
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It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise.
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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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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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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.''
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Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.
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Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
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Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
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Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.
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Logic must look after itself. In a certain sense, we cannot make mistakes in logic.
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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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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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Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
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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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Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
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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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One of the most misleading representational techniques in our language is the use of the word 'I.'
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One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.
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Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.
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Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
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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.
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Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
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Propositions show what they say: tautologies and contradictions show that they say nothing.
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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.
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Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
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The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language.
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The face is the soul of the body.
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The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
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The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.
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The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
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The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.
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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.
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The world is independent of my will.
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The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
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There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.
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Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.
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What can be shown, cannot be said.
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What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.
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When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.
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Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
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You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
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You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language.
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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.
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