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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. Death and Dying

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    The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for. Vocabulary

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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. Prison

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    You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks. Tragedy

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    A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring. Debate

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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. Philosophers and Philosophy

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    Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. Silence

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    Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. Words

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    For a truly religious man nothing is tragic. Religion

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    Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness. Intelligence and Intellectuals

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    Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it. Language

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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. Humour

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    Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie. Lies and Lying

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    The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood. Logic

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    A new word is like a fresh seed sewn on the ground of the discussion. Words

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    It is a dogma of the Roman Church that the existence of God can be proved by natural reason. Now this dogma would make it impossible for me to be a Roman Catholic. If I thought of God as another being like myself, outside myself, only infinitely more powerful, then I would regard it as my duty to defy him. Catholicism

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    One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is. Truth

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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. Problem

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    If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. Language

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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. Life and Living

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    If you do know that here is one hand, we'll grant you all the rest. Certainty

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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). Thoughts and Thinking

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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. Reproduction

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    Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement. Knowledge

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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. Philosophers and Philosophy

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    "What is your aim in philosophy?---To shew the fly the way out of the fly-bottle." Analytic philosophy

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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. Religion

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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. Wisdom

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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. Winners and Winning

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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. Insanity

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    Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it. Logic

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    Philosophy is not a theory but an activity. Philosophers and Philosophy

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    We regard the photograph, the picture on our wall, as the object itself (the man, landscape, and so on) depicted there. This need not have been so. We could easily imagine people who did not have this relation to such pictures. Who, for example, would be repelled by photographs, because a face without color and even perhaps a face in reduced proportions struck them as inhuman. Photography

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    A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. Philosophers and Philosophy

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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 Progress

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    Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language. Grammar

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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. Injury

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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. Thoughts and Thinking

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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. Superiority

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    Our greatest stupidities may be very wise. Stupidity

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    There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap. Speech

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    A confession has to be part of your new life. Confession

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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. Meaning

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    The human body is the best picture of the human soul. Health

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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. Philosophers and Philosophy

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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. Science and Scientists

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