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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Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.

Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means.

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

There is no love that is not an echo.

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

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

Fascism is itself less 'ideological' in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.

Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.

No emancipation without that of society.

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.

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

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

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.

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

True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.

The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.

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

The first and only principle of sexual ethics: the accuser is always in the wrong.

Modernity is a qualitative not a chronological category.

The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes.

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