Quotes by Theodor W. Adorno

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Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund Adorno (September 11, 1903 - August 6, 1969) was a German sociologist, philosopher, musicologist, and composer. He was a member of the Frankfurt School along with Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Herbert ... more

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Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.

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.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.