notes from
WITTGENSTEIN by DEREK JARMAN

“in art, it is hard to say anything as good as saying nothing”
“even to have expressed a false thought boldly and clearly is to have gained a great deal.”
“if someone is merely ahead of time, it will eventually catch up with him.”
“tell me how you are looking, and i will tell you what you are looking for.”

“if a lion could speak, we would not understand what he says.  …  we could get an interpreter, but it would be no use  …  to imagine a language is to imagine a form of life, it’s what we do and who we are that gives meaning to our words”

“philosophy is just a byproduct of misunderstanding language”

“philosophy hunts for the essence of meaning… there’s no such thing!”

“i used to think that language gives us a picture of the world. but it can’t give us a picture of how it does that!”

“i am concerned with nothing except salvation, and i know that we are not here to have a good time.” Keynes: “spoken like a true protestant.”

“for centuries, the central picture in philosophy was a picture of the lonely soul brooding over its private experience. this soul is a prisoner of its own body, and is locked out from contact with other souls by the walls of their bodies. i want to get rid of this picture. there is no private meaning. we are what we are because we share a language and common forms of life”

“my mistake [in Tractatus] was to think that there is only one thing we do with language. i came to realize that there are many different things we do with language, language-games as i call them. the meaning of a word is just whatever we use it for in whatever language-game it happens to be in. … philosophical puzzles arise because we tend to mix up one language-game with another.”

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