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

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


Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.


For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.


He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself.

    Topics: Love

Normality is death.


The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.


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


The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained social laws of exploitation, however mediated.


The specific is not exclusive: it lacks the aspiration to totality.


The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings.


The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.


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

    Topics: Love

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.


Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.


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

    Topics: Art

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

    Topics: Art

But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.


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


The whole is the false.


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