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Quotations From E.T.A.W. (ERNST THEODOR AMADEUS WILHELM) HOFFMANN

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  • 1.
    It is useless to contend with the irresistible power of Time, which goes on continually creating by a process of constant destruction.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. I, sect. 1, p. 1, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1908). Lothair to his fellow Serapion Brethren, about the impossibility of recapturing the spirit of their friendship from 12 years before.

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  • 2.
    It is nearly always the most improbable things that really come to pass.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. I, sect. 1, p. 48, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1908). Theodore to his fellow Serapion Brethren, about fiction becoming reality.
  • 3.
    How prone poor Humanity is to dam up the minutest remnants of its freedom, and build an artificial roof to prevent it looking up to the clear blue sky.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. I, sect. 1, p. 9, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1908). Cyprian to his fellow Serapion Brethren, about philistinism.

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  • 4.
    Every year lays more earth upon us, which weighs us down from aerial regions, till we go under the earth at last.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. I, sect. 1, pp. 2-3, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1908). Theodore to his fellow Serapion Brethren, about their advancing age, on the occasion of the renewal of their friendship from 12 years before.
  • 5.
    Boys should not play with weapons more dangerous than they understand.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. "The Deed of Entail," trans. by J. M. Cohen, Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann Tales, p. 245, ed. Victor Lange, The German Library, Continuum (1982). The great uncle to his grandnephew, the story's narrator, in his youth, about the perils of involvement with women.
  • 6.
    Not a single man on earth knows from his own experience the how and where of his birth, only from tradition, which is often very uncertain.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. "The Life and Opinions of Kater Murr," Selected Writings, vol. 2, p. 14, ed. and trans. by Leonard J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight, University of Chicago Press (1969). The novel's autobiographical tomcat to his readers about the circumstances of his birth.

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  • 7.
    Is it not in the most absolute simplicity that real genius plies its pinions the most wonderfully?
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. I, sect. 4, p. 439, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1908). Theodore to his fellow Serapion Brethren, about the simplicity of older church music and the importance of strict adherence to demands of genre in music.
  • 8.
    Once you are dancing with the devil, the prettiest capers won't help you.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. "Princess Brambilla," Three Märchen of Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, p. 122, ed. and trans. by Charles E. Passage, University of South Carolina Press (1971). Hoffmann, as narrator, about his central figure, the vain tragedian Giglio Fava, as prisoner of love's devilishly seductive power.
  • 9.
    Think of the wonderful circles in which our whole being moves and from which we cannot escape no matter how we try. The circler circles in these circles....
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. "The Life and Opinions of Kater Murr," Selected Writings, vol. 2, p. 59, ed. and trans. by Leonard J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight, University of Chicago Press (1969). The novel's romantic hero, Johannes Kreisler, to his erstwhile confidante, Councilloress Benzon, about the appropriateness of his last name, which means "circler" in German.
  • 10.
    Human beings ought not to draw in their antennae at every ungentle touch, like supersensitive insects.
    E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. II, sect. 5, p. 2, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1892). Ottmar to his fellow Serapion Brother Lothair, about not avoiding commitments of friendship and contact with one's fellow human beings out of melancholy over life's vicissitudes.
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