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Theodor Adorno Quotes: "People have so manipulated the concept of freedom that it finally boils down to the right of the stronger and richer to take from the weaker and poorer whatever they still have."

People have so manipulated the concept of freedom that it finally boils down to the right of the stronger and richer to take from the weaker and poorer whatever they still have.




Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology."

Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.




Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar."

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "There is no love that is not an echo."

There is no love that is not an echo.




Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Knowledge, which is power, knows no limits, either in its enslavement of creation or in its deference to worldly masters."

Knowledge, which is power, knows no limits, either in its enslavement of creation or in its deference to worldly masters.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The power of the culture industry's ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness"

The power of the culture industry's ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live."

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




Theodor Adorno Quotes: "True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves."

True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices."

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



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Art respects the masses, by standing up to them for what they could be, rather than conforming to them in their degraded state."

Art respects the masses, by standing up to them for what they could be, rather than conforming to them in their degraded state.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The task of art today is to bring chaos into order."

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



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality."

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.




Theodor Adorno Quotes: "In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so."

In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The forms of art reflect the history of man more truthfully than do documents themselves."

The forms of art reflect the history of man more truthfully than do documents themselves.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people."

Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The positive element of kitsch lies in the fact that it sets free for a moment the glimmering realization that you have wasted your life."

The positive element of kitsch lies in the fact that it sets free for a moment the glimmering realization that you have wasted your life.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The triumph of advertising in the culture industry is that consumers feel compelled to buy and use its products even though they see through them."

The triumph of advertising in the culture industry is that consumers feel compelled to buy and use its products even though they see through them.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "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."

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.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "There's not much need for prophets who are in synch with their society."

There's not much need for prophets who are in synch with their society.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The bourgeois ... is tolerant. His love for people as they are stems from his hatred of what they might be."

The bourgeois ... is tolerant. His love for people as they are stems from his hatred of what they might be.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "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."

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.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Fear and destructiveness are the major emotional sources of fascism, eros belongs mainly to democracy."

Fear and destructiveness are the major emotional sources of fascism, eros belongs mainly to democracy.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric."

Writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Everything about art has become problematic; its inner life, its relation to society, even its right to exist."

Everything about art has become problematic; its inner life, its relation to society, even its right to exist.



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

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



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men."

Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults."

To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination."

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



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

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



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "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."

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.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "On their way toward modern science human beings have discarded meaning. The concept is replaced by the formula, the cause by rules and probability."

On their way toward modern science human beings have discarded meaning. The concept is replaced by the formula, the cause by rules and probability.



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

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



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Wrong life cannot be lived rightly."

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing."

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them."

Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "In sharp contrasts to traditional art, modern art does not hide the fact that it is something made and produced: on the contrary, it underscores the fact."

In sharp contrasts to traditional art, modern art does not hide the fact that it is something made and produced: on the contrary, it underscores the fact.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "When all actions are mathematically calculated, they also take on a stupid quality."

When all actions are mathematically calculated, they also take on a stupid quality.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth."

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "It is barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz."

It is barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof."

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



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The basest person is capable of perceiving the weaknesses of the greatest, the most stupid, the errors in the thought of the most intelligent."

The basest person is capable of perceiving the weaknesses of the greatest, the most stupid, the errors in the thought of the most intelligent.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences."

An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "People know what they want because they know what other people want."

People know what they want because they know what other people want.



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

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



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The Enlightenment has always aimed at liberating men from fear and establishing their sovereignty. Yet the fully enlightened earth radiates disaster triumphant."

The Enlightenment has always aimed at liberating men from fear and establishing their sovereignty. Yet the fully enlightened earth radiates disaster triumphant.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Advancing bourgeois society liquidates memory, time, recollection as irrational leftovers of the past."

Advancing bourgeois society liquidates memory, time, recollection as irrational leftovers of the past.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture."

Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "Horror is beyond the reach of psychology."

Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.



Theodor Adorno Quotes: "The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice."

The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.