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All Quotes by author - Theodor Adorno
" Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you. "
" A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself. "
" All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire. "
" An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences. "
" Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews. "
" 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. "
" Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth. "
" Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane. "
" Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem. "
" But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain. "
" Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means. "
" Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated. "
" Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people. "
" Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination. "
" Every work of art is an uncommitted crime. "
" Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also. "
" Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed. "
" For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live. "
" Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices. "
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" Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic. "
" He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof. "
" He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself. "
" He who integrates is lost. "
" He who matures early lives in anticipation. "
" 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. "
" History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it. "
" Horror is beyond the reach of psychology. "
" If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods. "
" 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. "
" In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve. "
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