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Theodor Adorno quotes

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.

Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.

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

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.

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.

The first and only principle of sexual ethics: the accuser is always in the wrong.

Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.

Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also.

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.

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

The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them.

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

The specific is not exclusive: it lacks the aspiration to totality.

The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass.

When all actions are mathematically calculated, they also take on a stupid quality.

Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem.

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