Quotes by Elias Canetti

Elias Canetti

Elias Canetti

Austrian novelist and philosopher

Alive from: 1905-

Category: Philosophers

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    A ''modern'' man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice.
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    Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.
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    As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do.
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    Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?
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    He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
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    It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
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    One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.
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    One should use praise to recognize what one is not.
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    Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.
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    Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true.
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    The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
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    The paranoiac is the exact image of the ruler. The only difference is their position in the world. One might even think the paranoiac the more impressive of the two because he is sufficient unto himself and cannot be shaken by failure.
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    The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.
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    The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand.
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    The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else. He learns to see himself, but suddenly, provided he was honest, all the rest appears, and it is as rich as he was, and, as a final crowning, richer.
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