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Theodor Adorno quotes

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

In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew.

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

Normality is death.

Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.

Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people.

Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.

The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes.

The whole is the false.

To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults.

Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that from the figures of the unreal one day, in spite of all, real deliverance will come.

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.

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.

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

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

The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power.

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.

The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.