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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Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think.

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

A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself.

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.

Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.

Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.

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

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.

He who integrates is lost.

The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them.

Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.

The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others the rich by their own.

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

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.

Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations.

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

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

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.

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