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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Martin Heidegger on time, being, philosophy, metaphysics, reason, science, truth, originality, and transcendence.

43 Insightful Quotes By Martin Heidegger, The Renowned German Philosopher

Quick Facts

Famous As: German Philosopher

Born On: September 26, 1889

Died On: May 26, 1976

Born In: Meßkirch, Baden,, German Empire

Died At Age: 86

Martin Heidegger was regarded on of the most influential and most original German philosophers of the 20th century. Most of his reputation was derived from his work, ‘Being and time’ in which he used coinages, which made his philosophy dense. His studies, thoughts and work revolve around topics like ‘Being’, ‘unity’, ‘freedom’, ‘care’ and ‘possibility’. Although these terms were simple to acknowledge in a broad spectrum, Heidegger argued that we only think about them when we are alone or isolated. Though difficult to understand, his philosophy revolves around some basic truths and implications of our lives. His observations on several topics of life and philosophy have become quite popular as his quotations. Heidegger’s teachings were speculative, but when compared to reality, his works seem to leave a practical impact on us. Presenting a collection of inspiring and motivational quotes by Martin Heidegger, the great German philosopher.

Tell me how you read and I'll tell you who you are.

Martin Heidegger

Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.

Martin Heidegger

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.

Martin Heidegger

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

Martin Heidegger

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

Martin Heidegger

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

Martin Heidegger

Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?

Martin Heidegger

Everyone is the other and no one is himself.

Martin Heidegger

Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary of thinking.

Martin Heidegger

Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant.

Martin Heidegger

The possible ranks higher than the actual.

Martin Heidegger

Truth is that which makes a people certain, clear, and strong.

Martin Heidegger

To think is to confine yourself to a single thought that one day stands still like a star in the world's sky.

Martin Heidegger

He who thinks great thoughts often makes great errors

Martin Heidegger

To be a poet in a destitute time means: to attend, singing, to the trace of the fugitive gods. This is why the poet in the time of the world's night utters the holy.

Martin Heidegger

What was Aristotle’s life?’ Well, the answer lay in a single sentence: ‘He was born, he thought, he died.’ And all the rest is pure anecdote.

Martin Heidegger

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

Martin Heidegger

There is no such thing as an empty word, only one that is worn out yet remains full.

Martin Heidegger

The poets are in the vanguard of a changed conception of Being.

Martin Heidegger

The nothing nothings.

Martin Heidegger

But what is great can only begin great.

Martin Heidegger

Temporality temporalizes as a future which makes present in the process of having been.

Martin Heidegger

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

Martin Heidegger

I know that everything essential and great originated from the fact that the human being had a homeland and was rooted in tradition.

Martin Heidegger

Being the rational animal, man must be capable of thinking if he really wants to. Still, it may be that man wants to think, but cannot.

Martin Heidegger

To make of "the truth" a goddess amounts to turning the mere notion of something, namely the concept of the essence of truth, into a "personality.

Martin Heidegger

Understanding of being is itself a determination of being of Da-sein.

Martin Heidegger

We are too late for the gods and too early for Being.

Martin Heidegger

The song still remains which names the land over which it sings.

Martin Heidegger

Language is the house of Being.

Martin Heidegger

Time is not a thing, thus nothing which is, and yet it remains constant in its passing away without being something temporal like the beings in time.

Martin Heidegger

All questions that do justice to the subject are themselves bridges to their own answering.

Martin Heidegger

To dwell is to garden.

Martin Heidegger

On this “way,” if to keep falling down and getting up can be called a way, it is always and only the same question of the “meaning of beyng” that is asked.

Martin Heidegger

On this “way,” if to keep falling down and getting up can be called a way,

Martin Heidegger

Let himself be drawn hither by the coercion of the phenomena themselves

Martin Heidegger

Nietzsche hat mich kaputt gemacht.

Martin Heidegger

Nature has no history.

Martin Heidegger

One expects philosophy to promote, and even to accelerate, the practical and technical business of culture by alleviating it, making it easier. {9}

Martin Heidegger

The one: how it is (what it, Being, is) and also how not-Being (is) impossible. This is the pathway of grounded trust,

Martin Heidegger

Excessive brightness drove the poet into darkness. (essay : Hlderlin And The Essence Of Poetry, chapter from my copy of The origin of the work of art)

Martin Heidegger