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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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.
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.
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.