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Theodor Adorno quotes

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

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

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

There is no love that is not an echo.

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.

In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so.

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.

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.

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.

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.

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

Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.

He who matures early lives in anticipation.

Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think.

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

Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.

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 integrates is lost.