27 Famous Heidegger Quotes

27 Famous Heidegger Quotes

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Martin Heidegger was a philosopher from Germany that is most accredited to his influential philosophy and relationship with the Nazi movement. His main theme in philosophy is what he calls “clearing”, or the relationship between obscured reality of things and their appearances. He died in 1976 at the age of 86.

“As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself.”

“But every historical statement and legitimization itself moves within a certain relation to history.”

“Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.”

“Everyone is the other, and no one is himself. The they, which supplies the answer to the who of everyday Da-sein, is the nobody to whom every Da-sein has always already surrendered itself, in its being-among-one-another.”

“From our human experience and history, at least as far as I am informed, I know that everything essential and great has only emerged when human beings had a home and were rooted in a tradition. Today’s literature is, for instance, largely destructive.”

“I see the situation of man in the world of planetary technicity not as an inexitricable and inescapable destiny, but I see the task of thought precisely in this, that within its own limits it helps man as such achieve a satisfactory relationship to the essence of technicity. National Socialism did indeed go in this direction. Those people, however, were far too poorly equipped
for thought to arrive at a really explicit relationship to what is happening today and has been underway for the past 300 years”

“If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life – and only then will I be free to become myself.”

“In contrast to “Blessed are they who do not see and still believe,” he speaks of “seeing and still not believing.”

“In everything well known something worthy of thought still lurks.”

“In order to remain silent Da-sein must have something to say.”

“Language is the house of the truth of Being.”

“Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.”

“Man is not the lord of beings. Man is the shepherd of Being.”

“Only a god can save us.”

“Philosophy will not be able to effect an immediate transformation of the present condition of the world. This is not only true of philosophy, but of all merely human thought and endeavor.”

“The Fuhrer alone is the present and future German reality and its law. Learn to know ever more deeply: from now on every single thing demands decision, and every action responsibility.”

“The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.”

“The human body is essentially something other than an animal organism.”

“The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.”

“The possible ranks higher than the actual.”

“The relation of feeling toward art and its bringing-forth can be one of production or one of reception and enjoyment.”

“The small are always dependent on the great; they are “small” precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other “greats” and who can transform it in an original manner.”

“The word “art” does not designate the concept of a mere eventuality; it is a concept of rank.
To dwell is to garden.”

“Transcendence constitutes selfhood.”

“True time is four-dimensional.”

“Why are there beings at all, and why not rather nothing? That is the question.”