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Quotes by Theodore Adorno

Theodor Adorno

Theodor Adorono was a musician, sociologist, and philosopher. However, he is best known for his creation of social research at Frankfurt School. He is also known for his work on anti-semetism and how society can control the way humans behave towards one another which may result in paradoxes. Below are some great Theodor Adorono 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.
A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself.
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.
Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself.
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.
So the experience of death is turned into that of the exchange of functionaries, and anything in the natural relationship to death that is not wholly absorbed into the social one is turned over to hygiene. In being seen as no more than the exit of a living creature from the social combine, death has been domesticated...
The total effect of the culture industry is one of anti-enlightenment, in which, as Horkheimer and I have noted, enlightenment, that is the progressive technical domination of nature, becomes mass deception and is turned into a means for fettering consciousness. It impedes the development of autonomous, independent individuals who judge and decide consciously for themselves.