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Theodor Adorno
September 11, 1903 - August 6, 1969
Nationality: German
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: German Philosopher

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


Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.


No emancipation without that of society.


Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.


To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults.


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


Intelligence is a moral category.


Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.


Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.

    Topics: Love

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.

    Topics: Art

The first and only principle of sexual ethics: the accuser is always in the wrong.


In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.


The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes.


Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.


The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.


Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means.


Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.


Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.


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


A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself.


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