Theodor Adorno Quotes

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Born: September 11, 1903, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Birth Country: Germany
Died: Visp, Oberwallis, Switzerland, September 10, 1969
Occupation: Author

1.
A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it.
- Theodor Adorno

2.
An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.
- Theodor Adorno

3.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

4.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
- Theodor Adorno

5.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
- Theodor Adorno

6.
Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
- Theodor Adorno

7.
Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also.
- Theodor Adorno

8.
Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.
- Theodor Adorno

9.
Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.
- Theodor Adorno

10.
He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest.
- Theodor Adorno

11.
History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.
- Theodor Adorno

12.
If time is money, it seems moral to save time, above all one's own, and such parsimony is excused by consideration for others. One is straight-forward.
- Theodor Adorno

13.
In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew.
- Theodor Adorno

14.
Intelligence is a moral category.
- Theodor Adorno

15.
Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.
- Theodor Adorno

16.
Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
- Theodor Adorno

17.
No emancipation without that of society.
- Theodor Adorno

18.
No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit.
- Theodor Adorno

19.
None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.
- Theodor Adorno

20.
Normality is death.
- Theodor Adorno

21.
Not only is the self entwined in society it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
- Theodor Adorno

22.
Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people.
- Theodor Adorno

23.
Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men.
- Theodor Adorno

24.
The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.
- Theodor Adorno

25.
The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power.
- Theodor Adorno

26.
The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass.
- Theodor Adorno

27.
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

28.
True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.
- Theodor Adorno

29.
Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that from the figures of the unreal one day, in spite of all, real deliverance will come.
- Theodor Adorno

30.
Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.
- Theodor Adorno

31.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
- Theodor Adorno

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