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Theodor Adorno quotes

Intelligence is a moral category.

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.

Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.

Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.

Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.

Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.

Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.

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.

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.

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.

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.