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1. "Wittgenstein'i bu duruma uyarlayacak olursak,dünyamizin sinirlarinin,baskalarinin bizi anlama sinirlari tarafindan belirlendigini söyleyebiliriz.Elimizde olmadan baskalarinin algilarinin parametreleri içinde var oluruz- baskalarinin bizim komikligimizi anlama sinirlari içinde komiklik yapariz;onlarin zekasi bizim zekamizi,cömertligi cömertligimizi,ironisi ironimizi belirler.Karakter,hem okura hem de yazara ihtiyaç duyan bir dil gibi isler.Shakespeare, yedi yasindaki çocugun gözünde saçmaliktan ibarettir,eger sadece yedi yasindakiler tarafindan okunacak olursa yedi yasindaki birinin anlama kapasitesi ölçüsünde takdir edilir."
Author: Alain De Botton
2. "When Logic congeals into all-encompassing and perfect-seeming theories, then it can actually become a very evil con trick. Wittgenstein has a point, you see: 'All the facts of science are not enough to understand the world's meaning!"
Author: Apostolos Doxiadis
3. "Bonnie Jean (who thinks all philosophers are idiots) has this quarrel with Wittgenstein, who in several places says that reddish green is inconceivable. Yet every summer, when our peppers are drying from green to red, one can see an intermediate stage that is precisely reddish green."
Author: Guy Davenport
4. "He was of the opinion... that his ideas were generally misunderstood and distorted even by those who professed to be his disciples. He doubted he would be better understood in the future. He once said he felt as though he were writing for people who would think in a different way, breathe a different air of life, from that of present-day men.{Von Wright on his tutor, the great philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein}"
Author: He
5. "As the blood poured from his tattered heart into the open air and his brain suffocated, all those incomplete thoughts of Wittgenstein decayed with the dying neurons. Neural connections in the gray matter storing memories and ideas in their ordered configurations fired across the gaps, last gaps of mental life. Thoughts on Truth and Will were erased as flesh sloshed soft and limp against alabaster, no more than rotting human fruit."
Author: Janna Levin
6. "Tell me," Wittgenstein's asked a friend, "why do people always say, it was natural for man to assume that the sun went round the earth rather than that the earth was rotating?" His friend replied, "Well, obviously because it just looks as though the Sun is going round the Earth." Wittgenstein replied, "Well, what would it have looked like if it had looked as though the Earth was rotating?"
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
7. "Philosophy is that activity by which the meaning of propositions is established or discovered; it is a question of what the propositions actually mean. The content, soul, and spirit of science naturally consist in what is ultimately meant by its sentences; the philosophical activity of rendering significant is thus the alpha and omega of all scientific knowledge.[Moritz Schlick interpreting Ludwig Wittgenstein's position]"
Author: Moritz Schlick
8. "Wittgenstein once wrote that when the eye sees something beautiful, the hand wants to draw it. I wish I could draw you."
Author: Nicole Krauss
9. "I remember the revelation it was to me when I realized I'd rather be smart in the way Elvis Presley was than in the way, say, Ludwig Wittgenstein was. The thing was, you could imagine you could be smart like Wittgenstein by just thinking hard enough, but Elvis just had it. It was almost spiritual. A kind of grace."
Author: Richard Hell
10. "In the eighteenth century, philosophers considered the whole of human knowledge, including science, to be their field and discussed questions such as: Did the universe have a beginning? However, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, science became too technical and mathematical for the philosophers, or anyone else except a few specialists. Philosophers reduced the scope of their inquiries so much that Wittgenstein, the most famous philosopher of this century, said, "The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language." What a comedown from the great tradition of philosophy from Aristotle to Kant!"
Author: Stephen Hawking
11. "I often find that a novel, even a well-written and compelling novel, can become a blur to me soon after I've finished reading it. I recollect perfectly the feeling of reading it, the mood I occupied, but I am less sure about the narrative details. It is almost as if the book were, as Wittgenstein said of his propositions, a ladder to be climbed and then discarded after it has served its purpose."
Author: Sven Birkerts
12. "Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that names are the only things that exist in the world. Maybe that's true, but the problem is that as time passes by, names do not remain the same - even if they don't change."
Author: Victor Pelevin

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