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Theodor Adorno quotes (79)

A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself.
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A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it.
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Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
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All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.
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An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.
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Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.
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Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
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Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
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Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem.
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But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
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Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means.
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Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.
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Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.
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Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
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Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
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Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also.
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Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.
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For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.
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Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.
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Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.
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He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.
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He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself.
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He who integrates is lost.
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He who matures early lives in anticipation.
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He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest.
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History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.
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Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.
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If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods.
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If time is money, it seems moral to save time, above all one's own, and such parsimony is excused by consideration for others. One is straight-forward.
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In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
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In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
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In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.
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In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes.
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In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew.
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In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so.
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Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction.
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Intelligence is a moral category.
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Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.
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Life has become the ideology of its own absence.
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Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.
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Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
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Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category.
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No emancipation without that of society.
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No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit.
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None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.
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Normality is death.
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Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
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Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.
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Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people.
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Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.
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Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them.
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Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations.
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Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men.
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The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.
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The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them.
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The first and only principle of sexual ethics: the accuser is always in the wrong.
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The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.
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The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power.
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The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.
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The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings.
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The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained social laws of exploitation, however mediated.
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The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.
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The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.
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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.
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The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.
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The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes.
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The specific is not exclusive: it lacks the aspiration to totality.
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The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass.
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The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
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The whole is the false.
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