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date: 16 October 2021

Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889–1951
Austrian-born philosopher 

  1. You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
    Culture and Value (1929)
  2. Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
    Philosophical Investigations (1953) pt. 1, sect. 109
  3. The philosopher's treatment of a question is like the treatment of an illness.
    Philosophical Investigations (1953) pt. 1, sect. 255
  4. What is your aim in philosophy?—To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.
    Philosophical Investigations (1953) pt. 1, sect. 309
  5. The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
    Philosophical Investigations (1953)
  6. If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
    Philosophical Investigations (1953) pt. 2
  7. What can be said at all can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot speak thereof one must be silent.
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922) preface
  8. The world is everything that is the case.
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)
  9. Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death.
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)
  10. The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)
  11. The world of the happy is quite different from that of the unhappy.
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)
  12. Logic must take care of itself.
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)
  13. A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.
    said in about 1930, M. O'C. Drury ‘Conversations with Wittgenstein’ in Rush Rhees (ed.) Ludwig Wittgenstein: Personal Recollections (1981)
  14. You think philosophy is difficult enough but I can tell you it is nothing to the difficulty of being a good architect.
    on designing his sister's house
    said in 1930, M O'C. Drury ‘Conversations with Wittgenstein’ in Rush Rhees (ed.) Ludwig Wittgenstein: Personal Recollections (1981) ch. 6
  15. For is what is linguistic not an experience? (Words are deeds.)
    written before 1935, in Philosophical Grammar (1974, tr. Anthony Kenny)
  16. Tell them I've had a wonderful life.
    to his doctor's wife, before losing consciousness, 28 April 1951; Ray Monk Ludwig Wittgenstein (1990)