The element of truth in the concept of genius is to be sought in the object, in what is open, not confined by repetition.
In the age of the individual’s liquidation, the question of individuality must be raised anew.
Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think.
The culture industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them.
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.
Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people.
He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.
Work while you work, play while you play – this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline.
For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.
Fascism is itself less ‘ideological’, in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed.