History does not belong to us, we belong to it.
Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, p. 276.
The more language is a living operation, the less we are aware of it. Thus it follows that from the forgetfulness of language that its real being consists in what is said in it. What is said in it constitutes the common world in which we live. … The real being of language is that into which we are taken up when we hear it — what is said.Hans-georg Gadamer
What man needs is not just the persistent posing of ultimate questions, but the sense of what is feasible, what is possible, what is correct, here and now. The philosopher, of all people, must, I think, be aware of the tension between what he claims to achieve and the reality in which he finds himself.Hans-georg Gadamer
Being that can be understood is language.Hans-georg Gadamer
Nothing exists except through language.Hans-georg Gadamer
From Gadamer I learned that to understand a given thinker requires one to presuppose that he is right.Hans-georg Gadamer
The hermeneutic consciousness, which must be awakened and kept awake, recognized that in the age of science philosophy's claim of superiority has something chimerical and unreal about it. But though the will of man is more than ever intensifying its criticism of what has gone before to the point of becoming utopian or eschatological consciousness, the hermeneutic consciousness seeks to confront that will with something of the truth of remembrance: with what is still and ever again real.Hans-georg Gadamer