4. The thought is the significant proposition.
Ludwig Wittgenstein sends copies of his philosophical treatise to the publisher Jahoda, the publisher Braumüller, a philosophical journal, the publisher Reclam; all decline to print it. He sends it to Ficker, editor of Der Brenner, with a brief explanatory letter.

Thus: "The point of the book is ethical. My work consists of two parts: of the one which is here, and of everything which I have not written. And precisely this second part is the important one. For the Ethical is delimited from within, as it were, by my book. All of that which many are babbling today, I have defined in my book by remaining silent about it."

In reply to Ficker's judgment that a book which leaves out what is important is not suitable for his journal, Ludwig despairs. "I don't know where I can get my work accepted either. If I were only somewhere else than in this lousy world!"

LW meets Russell in the Hague, pounds on his door each morning to explain to him the new book, line by line. Russell is impressed by the work, with reservations: "He has penetrated deep into mystical ways of thought and feeling, but I think (though he wouldn't agree) that what he likes best in mysticism is its power to make him stop thinking."