> Author Index > A - Authors > Theodor Adorno Quotes

Theodor Adorno Quotes

Pages: Prev 12345678Next

Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also.

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

For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.

Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.

Genuine things are those to which commodities and other means of exchange can be reduced, particularly gold. But like gold, genuineness, abstracted as the proportion of fine metal, becomes a fetish.

Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.

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

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself.

He who integrates is lost.

He who matures early lives in anticipation.

He who says he is happy lies, and in invoking happiness, sins against it. He alone keeps faith who says: I was happy. The only relation of consciousness to happiness is gratitude: in which lies its incomparable dignity.

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.

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.

Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.

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

If the integration of society, particularly in totalitarian states, designates subjects more and more exclusively as partial moments in the network of material production, then the 'alteration of the technical composition of capital' is prolonged within those encompassed, and indeed constituted, by the technological demands of the production process. The organic composition of man is growing. That which determines subjects as means of production and not as living purposes, increases with the proportion of machines to variable capital.

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.

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

In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.

In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.

Pages: Prev 12345678Next