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Theodor Adorno quotes

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

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

Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.

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

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.

If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods.

In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.

No emancipation without that of society.

No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit.

Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.

The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.

The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings.

The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained social laws of exploitation, however mediated.

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.

He who integrates is lost.

Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also.