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    No emancipation without that of society.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: society 
     
    Words of the jargon sound as if they said something higher than what they mean.
    — Theodor Adorno
    There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence.
    — Theodor Adorno
    The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: men  power  rules 
     
    Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
    — Theodor Adorno
    Vague expression permits the hearer to imagine whatever suits him and what he already thinks in any case.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: imagine  vague 
     
    In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes.
    — Theodor Adorno
    In so far as the culture industry arouses a feeling of well-being that the world is precisely in that order suggested by the culture industry, the substitute gratification which it prepares for human beings cheats them out of the same happiness which it deceitfully projects.
    — Theodor Adorno
    The power of works of art still continues to be secretly nourished by imitation... kitsch
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: work  power 
     
    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
    tags: culture 
     
    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
    tags: respect 
     
    The forms of art reflect the history of man more truthfully than do documents themselves.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: men 
     
    Thought as such" is an act of negation, of resistance to that which is forced upon it; this is what thought has inherited from its archetype, the relation between labor and material. Today, when ideologues tend more than ever to encourage thought to be positive, they cleverly note that positivity runs precisely counter to thought, and that it takes friendly persuasion by social authority to accustom thought to positivity.
    — Theodor Adorno
    Those who cannot help ought also not advise: in an order where every mousehole has been plugged, mere advice exactly equals condemnation.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: advice  help 
     
    Freud made the discovery- quite genuinely, simply through working on his own material- that the more deeply one explores the phenomena of human individuation, the more unreservedly one grasps the individual as a self-contained and dynamic entity, the closer one draws to that in the individual which is really no longer individual.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: human 
     
    Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: power 
     
    There can be no poetry after Auschwitz.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: poetry 
     
    Suffering has as much right to be expressed as a martyr has to cry out. So it may have been false to say that writing poetry after Auschwitz is impossible.
    — Theodor Adorno
    Philosophy ... must not bargain away anything of the emphatic concept of truth.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: truth  philosophy 
     
    The invocation of science, of its ground rules, of the exclusive validity of the methods that science has now completely become, now constitutes a surveillance authority punishing free, uncoddled, undisciplined thought and tolerating nothing of mental activity other than what has been methodologically sanctioned. Science and scholarship, the medium of autonomy, has degenerated into an instrument of heteronomy.
    — Theodor Adorno
    Bourgeois society is ruled by equivalence. It makes the dissimilar comparable by reducing it to abstract quantities. To the enlightenment, that which does not reduce to numbers, and ultimately to the one, becomes illusion.
    — Theodor Adorno
    The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: choice 
     
    Death is imposed only on creatures, not their creations, and has therefore always appeared in art in a broken form: as allegory.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: death  creation  broken 
     
    There is something embarrassing in... the way in which, ... turning suffering into images, harsh and uncompromising though they are, ... wounds the shame we feel in the presence of the victims. For these victims are used to create something, works of art, that are thrown to the consumption of a world which destroyed them.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: work  world  suffering  shame  victim 
     
    There is no love that is not an echo.
    — Theodor Adorno
    Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they're only animals.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: animals 
     
    Knowledge, which is power, knows no limits, either in its enslavement of creation or in its deference to worldly masters.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: power  master  creation 
     
    The film has succeeded in transforming subjects so indistinguishably into social functions, that those wholly encompassed, no longer aware of any conflict, enjoy their own dehumanization as something human, as the joy of warmth. The total interconnectedness of the culture industry, omitting nothing, is one with total social delusion.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: joy  culture  human  conflict  film 
     
    Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: thoughts  emotion 
     
    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
    The law of the innermost form of the essay is heresy
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: law 
     
    As naturally as the ruled always took the morality imposed upon them more seriously than did the rulers themselves, the deceived masses are today captivated by the myth of success even more than the successful are. Immovably, they insist on the very ideology which enslaves them. The misplaced love of the common people for the wrong which is done to them is a greater force than the cunning of the authorities.
    — Theodor Adorno
    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
    tags: meaning  human  rules 
     
    People at the top are closing ranks so tightly that all possibility of subjective deviation has gone, and difference can be sought only in the more distinguished cut of an evening dress.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: people  gone  possibility 
     
    Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: conscious 
     
    The power of the culture industry's ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: power  culture 
     
    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.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: people  powerful 
     
    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
    tags: right 
     
    Rampant technolgy eliminates luxury, but not by declaring privilege a human right; rather, it does so by both raising the general standard of living and cutting off the possibility of fulfilment.
    — Theodor Adorno
    But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
    — Theodor Adorno
    tags: despair  die 
     
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    theodor adorno
    Birth    : September 11, 1903
    Death  : August 6, 1969
    Occupation  : Sociologist