Ludwig Wittgenstein

Quotations

I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

Why in the world shouldn’t they have regarded with awe and reverence that act by which the human race is perpetuated. Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.

Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only.

Comment to Maurice O'Connor Drury

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.

Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life.

Last words, to his doctor's wife (28 April 1951)

A good guide will take you through the more important streets more often than he takes you down side streets; a bad guide will do the opposite. In philosophy I’m a rather bad guide.

I wanted to write that 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.

letter to Ludwig von Ficker (1919)