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36 Inspirational Quotes by Theodor Adorno

Collection of famous quotes by philosopher Theodor Adorno.

Theodor W. Adorno was a German philosopher, sociologist, psychologist, musicologist, and composer known for his critical theory of society.

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In the age of the individual’s liquidation the question of individuality must be raised anew.

— Theodor Adorno

True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.

— Theodor Adorno

No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit.

— Theodor Adorno

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

— Theodor Adorno

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.

— Theodor Adorno

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.

— Theodor Adorno

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

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.

— Theodor Adorno

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

— Theodor Adorno

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

Normality is death.

— Theodor Adorno

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

— Theodor Adorno

Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.

— Theodor Adorno

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

Exuberant health is always as such sickness also.

— Theodor Adorno

History does not merely touch on language but takes place in it.

— Theodor Adorno

Intelligence is a moral category.

— Theodor Adorno

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.

— Theodor Adorno

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.

— Theodor Adorno

Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.

— Theodor Adorno

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

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.

— Theodor Adorno

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.

— Theodor Adorno

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

— Theodor Adorno

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others nor our own powerlessness stupefy us.

— Theodor Adorno

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

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

No emancipation without that of society.

— Theodor Adorno

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

— Theodor Adorno

Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.

— Theodor Adorno

Technology is making gestures precise and brutal and with them men.

— Theodor Adorno

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

— Theodor Adorno

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

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

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.

— Theodor Adorno

Work while you work play while you play – this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.

— Theodor Adorno

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