Hans-Georg Gadamer Quotes

12 Hans-Georg Gadamer quotes:

"Nothing exists except through language."
"For both art and the historical sciences are modes of experiencing in which our own understanding of existence comes directly into play."
"I basically only read books that are over 2,000 years old."
"In fact history does not belong to us; but we belong to it."
"It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art."
"It was clear to me that the forms of consciousness of our inherited and acquired historical education - aesthetic consciousness and historical consciousness - presented alienated forms of our true historical being."
"Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live."
"The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror."
"The more language is a living operation, the less we are aware of it. Thus it follows from the self-forgetfulness of language that its real being consists in what is said in it."
"The primordial experiences that are transmitted through art and history are not to be grasped from the points of view of these forms of consciousness."
"The real being of language is that into which we are taken up when we hear it - what is said."
"There is no doubt that the leaders of the creative artists of the last 50 years concentrated their efforts mainly on eliminating that distance."

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