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Ludwig Wittgenstein

Now when this is urged against me I at once see clearly, as it were in a flash of light, not only that no description that I can think of would do to describe what I mean by absolute value, but that I would reject any significant description that anybody could possibly suggest, ab initio, on the ground of its significance. That is to say: I see now that these nonsensical expressions were not nonsensical because I had not yet found the correct expressions, but that their nonsensicality was their very essence.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, ‘A Lecture on Ethics’, The Philosophical Review, vol. 74, no. 1 (January, 1965), p. 11