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Theodor Adorno quotes

Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.

Life has become the ideology of its own absence.

There is no love that is not an echo.

He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.

He who matures early lives in anticipation.

In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.

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

An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself.

Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.

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

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

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.

In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes.

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

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

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

The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.