Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno (September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, and composer known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's foremost thinkers on aesthetics and philosophy, as well as one of its preeminent essayists.

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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.

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

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

Exuberant health is always as such sickness also.

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

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

Life has become the ideology of its own absence.

Intelligence is a moral category.

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

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

In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so.

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

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

If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods.

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

The whole is the false.

Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction.

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

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.

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

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