Quotations by Theodor Adorno

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Born: Friday, September 11, 1903
Died: Wednesday, August 6, 1969 (65 years old)
Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: German


A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Lie)

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
(Keywords: Happiness, Thought)

Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Advice)

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Blind, Satire)

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
(Keywords: Society, State)

Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.
- Theodor Adorno

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Art, Truth, Lie, Being, Magic)

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
(Keywords: Art, Right)

Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Thought, Now, Problems)

But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Life, Despair)

Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Thought, Logic)

Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Violence)

Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: People)

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Art, Work, Crime)

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Art, Folk)

Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Health, Sickness)

Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Fascism)

For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Man, Writing)

Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Choices, Freedom)

Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Happiness)

He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Laughter, Proof)

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Love, Harm, Past)

He who integrates is lost.
- Theodor Adorno

He who matures early lives in anticipation.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Anticipation)

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
(Keywords: Society, Ideology, Interest, Risk)

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: History, Language)

Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Horror, Psychology)

If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Ideology, Pride)

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
(Keywords: Time, Money, Consideration)

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Time, State)

In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: People)

In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Nothing)

In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Responsibility, Wrong)

In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Age, Individuality, Question)

In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: End, Nothing)

Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Destruction)

Intelligence is a moral category.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Intelligence)

Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Lies, Opinion)

Life has become the ideology of its own absence.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Life, Absence, Ideology)

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Love, Power)

Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Love, Strength, May, Will)

Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Modernity)

No emancipation without that of society.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Society)

No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Harm, Man, Spirit)

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Peace, Utopia)

Normality is death.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Death, Normality)

Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Society, Existence, Self, Sense)

Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Thought, Emotion, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: Death, People, Humanity)

Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Hunger, Language, Poor, Words)



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