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43 Insightful Quotes By Martin Heidegger, The Renowned German Philosopher

Famous As: One of the Most Important and Influential Philosophers of the 20th Century
Born On: September 26, 1889
Died On: May 26, 1976
Born In: Messkirch, Germany
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.

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

Martin Heidegger
Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Martin Heidegger
Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?

Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?

Martin Heidegger
Everyone is the other and no one is himself.

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.

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.

Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant.

Martin Heidegger
The possible ranks higher than the actual.

The possible ranks higher than the actual.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Martin Heidegger
The nothing nothings.

The nothing nothings.

Martin Heidegger
But what is great can only begin great.

But what is great can only begin great.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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
Language is the house of Being.

Language is the house of Being.

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

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

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

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.

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

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
Nature has no history.

Nature has no history.

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

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

Martin Heidegger
Nietzsche hat mich kaputt gemacht.

Nietzsche hat mich kaputt gemacht.

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

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

Martin Heidegger
To dwell is to garden.

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.

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

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

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}

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,

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)

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