The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity
You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.
Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.
Don’t get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.
He who lives in the present lives in eternity.
Topics: The Present
No one likes having offended another person; hence everyone feels so much better if the other person doesn’t show he’s been offended. Nobody likes being confronted by a wounded spaniel. Remember that. It is much easier patiently—and tolerantly—to avoid the person you have injured than to approach him as a friend. You need courage for that.
Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.
Telling someone something he does not understand is pointless, even if you add that he will not be able to understand it.
I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse’s good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.
You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
We regard the photograph, the picture on our wall, as the object itself (the man, landscape, and so on) depicted there. This need not have been so. We could easily imagine people who did not have this relation to such pictures. Who, for example, would be repelled by photographs, because a face without color and even perhaps a face in reduced proportions struck them as inhuman.
The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to.—The one that gives philosophy peace, so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.
The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.
Our civilization is characterized by the word “progress.” Progress is its form rather than making progress being one of its features. Typically it constructs. It is occupied with building an ever more complicated structure. And even clarity is sought only
I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.
A man’s thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.
Topics: Thoughts, Thinking, Thought
Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
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- Franz Grillparzer Austrian Dramatist
- Klemens Wenzel, Prince von Metternich Austrian Political leader
- Alfred Adler Austrian Psychiatrist
- Viktor Frankl Austrian Psychiatrist