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


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'True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.'


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


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'Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.'


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


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'Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.'


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


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


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


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


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'Normality is death.'


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


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'Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.'


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'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.'


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'Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also.'


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


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'Intelligence is a moral category.'


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'Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.'


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'Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.'


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


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'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.'


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


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'Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.'


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


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


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'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.'


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


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'No emancipation without that of society.'


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


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


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


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'Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.'


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'Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that from the figures of the unreal one day, in spite of all, real deliverance will come.'


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'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.'


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'Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.'


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

 

 

 

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