Ludwig Wittgenstein: Top Ten Conflict Tips

The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) had some good aphorisms/quotes that relate, sometimes obliquely to conflict.


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  1. A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.
  2. A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion.
  3. A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.
  4. Don’t get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.
  5. Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie
  6. It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed “Wisdom.” And then I know exactly what is going to follow: “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
  7. Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.
  8. Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
  9. Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
  10. Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.


About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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