Der Herbsttag by Johann Heinrich Voss

Elevate form over function to get at less easily articulable truths.

Re: Der Herbsttag by Johann Heinrich Voss

Postby Meno_ » Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:21 pm

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

The world is everything that is the case.

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.

What can be shown, cannot be said.

For a large class of cases - though not for all - in which we employ the word meaning it can be defined thus: the meaning of a word is its use in the language.

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.

Wittgenstein
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Re: Der Herbsttag by Johann Heinrich Voss

Postby Meno_ » Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:42 am

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.



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Re: Der Herbsttag by Johann Heinrich Voss

Postby Meno_ » Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:25 pm

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.


War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.



If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.



But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

Tags: language, power-of-words, propaganda, thought

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.


We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.


Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.




Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.



Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love."

George Orwell, 1984
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