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  • Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that from the figures of the unreal one day, in spite of all, real deliverance will come.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • He who integrates is lost.
    (Theodor Adorno)


  • 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)

  • For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • If time is money, it seems moral to save time, above all one's own, and such parsimony is excused by consideration for others. One is straight-forward.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.
    (Theodor Adorno)

  • Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
    (Theodor Adorno)


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