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Shut the Fuck Up!
Wovon mam nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen

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duccio From: duccio Date: December 12th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Whoa! Will do.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 12th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, hey. I was directing the injunction back at myself, because the image is of a T-shirt I was wearing. I included the original German in the image's metadata, but not the English:
As the last line in the book, proposition 7 has no supplementary propositions. It ends the book with a rather elegant and stirring proposition: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." („Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen.“)

Both the first and the final proposition have acquired something of a proverbial quality in German, employed as aphorisms independently of discussion of Wittgenstein.
The T-shirt plays off of this quote by putting the single word "silence" beneath Wittgenstein's image.

quuf From: quuf Date: December 12th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That photo of him always spooked me a bit.

He certainly had a sense of humor. In the photo section of the Ray Monk bio, there's a postcard he sent to a friend. It's of Neville Chamberlain and his wife. LW scrawled, "If you need an emetic, here it is." (!)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 12th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a great story. I really need to read that book. This photo, BTW, was conceived of as an emetic for myself, in the form of the last item in the Tractatus repeated over and over, but in the saltier language of my subject header.
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