Theodor Adorno Quotes

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

By: Theodor Adorno

No emancipation without that of society... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Not only is the self entwined in society.. view

By: Theodor Adorno

Normality is death... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Life has become the ideology of its own absence... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

Intelligence is a moral category... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

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... view

By: Theodor Adorno

The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday... view

By: Theodor Adorno

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power... view

By: Theodor Adorno

The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us... view

By: Theodor Adorno

In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew... view

By: Theodor Adorno

The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained social laws of exploitation, however mediated... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also... view

By: Theodor Adorno

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

By: Theodor Adorno

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime... view

By: Theodor Adorno

Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated... view

By: Theodor Adorno

But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain... view

By: Theodor Adorno

For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live... view

By: Theodor Adorno