50 Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes from Austrian-British Philosopher

Ludwig Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher and is regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century.

Best Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

1. “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).


2. “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

3. “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

4. “Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

5. “We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

6. “Only describe, don’t explain.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

7. “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

8. “Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

9. “If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

10. “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).


11. “All I know is what I have words for.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

12. “He who lives in the present lives in eternity.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Top Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

13. “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

14. “Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

15. “Hell isn’t other people. Hell is yourself.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

16. “Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

17. “Ethics and aesthetics are one.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

18. “The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

19. “To convince someone of the truth, it is not enough to state it, but rather one must find the path from error to truth.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

20. “One must always be prepared to learn something totally new.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

21. “If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

22. “Logic pervades the world; the limits of the world are also the limits of logic.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).


23. “The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

24. “Everything that can be thought at all can be thought clearly. Everything that can be said can be said clearly.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Famous Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

25. “Death is not an experience in life; we do not live to experience death.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

26. “To believe in a God means to understand the question about the meaning of life. To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

27. “To believe in God is to see that life has a meaning.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

28. “Don’t ask what it means, but rather how it is used.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

29. “A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

30. “Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

31. “Don’t for heaven’s sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).


32. “What cannot be imagined cannot even be talked about.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

33. “My work consists of two parts: of the one which is here, and of everything which I have not written. And precisely this second part is the important one.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Popular Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

34. “Wishing is not acting. But willing is acting.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

35. “Genius is what makes us forget the master’s talent.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

36. “A confession has to be part of your new life.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

37. “Idealism leads to realism if it is strictly thought out.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

38. “Think of the tools in a tool-box: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screwdriver, a rule, a glue-pot, nails and screws. – The function of words are as diverse as the functions of these objects.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

39. “At the end of reasons comes persuasion.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

40. “What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Inspiring Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

41. “Belief in the causal nexus is superstition.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

42. “The philosopher is not a citizen of any community of ideas, that is what makes him a philosopher.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

43. “What is troubling us is the tendency to believe that the mind is like a little man within.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

44. “To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

45. “A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

46. “What is thinkable is also possible.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

47. “There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

48. “To understand a sentence means to understand a language. To understand a language means to be a master of a technique.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

49. “The world is independent of my will.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein). 

50. “I did not get my picture of the world by satisfying myself of its correctness; nor do I have it because I am satisfied of its correctness. No: it is the inherited background against which I distinguish between true and false.” ~ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

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