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

The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them.


True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.


Life has become the ideology of its own absence.


He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.


Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them.


Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem.


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.


He who matures early lives in anticipation.


Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think.


In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.


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


Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.


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


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.


Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations.


The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.


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


There is no love that is not an echo.

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


When all actions are mathematically calculated, they also take on a stupid quality.


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