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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The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass.
The most powerful person is he who is able to do least himself and burden others most with the things for which he lends his name and pockets the credit.
Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.
An emancipated society on the other hand would not be a unitary state but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.
When all actions are mathematically calculated, they also take on a stupid quality.