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" But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain. "
" Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people. "
" 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. "
" Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people. "
" Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense. "
" Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you. "
" Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means. "
" Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them. "
" In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes. "
" The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained social laws of exploitation, however mediated. "
" The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice. "
" In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew. "
" The whole is the false. "
" 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. "
" An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences. "
" Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar. "
" Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think. "
" The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners. "
" Wrong life cannot be lived rightly. "
" Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men. "
" He who matures early lives in anticipation. "
" Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category. "
" Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices. "
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" True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves. "
" Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations. "
" Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed. "
" No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit. "
" A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself. "
" Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength. "
" Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology. "
" He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself. "