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"Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means." Make picture quote!
"No emancipation without that of society." Make picture quote!
"Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies." Make picture quote!
"Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people." Make picture quote!
"Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology." Make picture quote!
"Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense." Make picture quote!
"Normality is death." Make picture quote!
"The task of art today is to bring chaos into order." Make picture quote!
"No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit." Make picture quote!
"Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men." Make picture quote!
"Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category." Make picture quote!
"Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength." Make picture quote!
"Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar." Make picture quote!
"Life has become the ideology of its own absence." Make picture quote!
"Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion." Make picture quote!
"Intelligence is a moral category." Make picture quote!
"None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace." Make picture quote!
"The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice." Make picture quote!
"The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass." Make picture quote!
"The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes." Make picture quote!
"Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday." Make picture quote!
"The joke of our time is the suicide of intention." Make picture quote!
"Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them." Make picture quote!
"The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings." Make picture quote!
"Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations." Make picture quote!
"The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power." Make picture quote!
"The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners." Make picture quote!
"The first and only principle of sexual ethics: the accuser is always in the wrong." Make picture quote!
"The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them." Make picture quote!
"The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us." Make picture quote!
"In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew." Make picture quote!
"The individual mirrors in his individuation the preordained social laws of exploitation, however mediated." Make picture quote!
"Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth." Make picture quote!
"Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction." Make picture quote!
"Exuberant health is always, as such, sickness also." Make picture quote!
"Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination." Make picture quote!
"Every work of art is an uncommitted crime." Make picture quote!
"Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated." Make picture quote!
"But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain." Make picture quote!
"For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live." Make picture quote!
"Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane." Make picture quote!
"Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices." Make picture quote!
"Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews." Make picture quote!
"An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences." Make picture quote!
"All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself." Make picture quote!
"Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem." Make picture quote!
"History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it." Make picture quote!
"In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes." Make picture quote!
"In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations." Make picture quote!
"In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'." Make picture quote!
"In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed." Make picture quote!
"Horror is beyond the reach of psychology." Make picture quote!
"In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"He who matures early lives in anticipation." Make picture quote!
"He who integrates is lost." Make picture quote!
"He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself." Make picture quote!
"He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof." Make picture quote!
"Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic." Make picture quote!
"If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods." Make picture quote!
"Wrong life cannot be lived rightly." Make picture quote!
"There is no love that is not an echo." Make picture quote!
"The whole is the false." Make picture quote!
"Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think." Make picture quote!
"To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults." Make picture quote!
"Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing." Make picture quote!
"Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that from the figures of the unreal one day, in spite of all, real deliverance will come." Make picture quote!
"When all actions are mathematically calculated, they also take on a stupid quality." Make picture quote!
"Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline." Make picture quote!
"The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own." Make picture quote!




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