Death is imposed only on creatures, not their creations, and has therefore always appeared in art in a broken form: as allegory.

The element of truth in the concept of genius is to be sought in the object, in what is open, not confined by repetition.

The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.

Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.

No emancipation without that of society.

Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.

Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category.

In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes.

The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes.

Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem.

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.

An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences.

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.

The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying-glass.

The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners.

He who matures early lives in anticipation.

For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.

A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself.

Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.

Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them.

In the age of the individual's liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew.

Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction.

The most powerful person is he who is able to do least himself and burden others most with the things for which he lends his name and pockets the credit.

The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice.

He who integrates is lost.

Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.

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

The whole is the false.

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.

There is no love that is not an echo.

Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations.

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.

Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.

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.

Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology.

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.

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.

The specific is not exclusive: it lacks the aspiration to totality.

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

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.

Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.

No harm comes to man from outside alone: dumbness is the objective spirit.

Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think.

In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.

Normality is death.

Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews.

Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people.