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Quotations From ELIAS CANETTI

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  • 1.
    When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1973," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).

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  • 2.
    The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1973," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).

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  • 3.
    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.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "The Fear of Being Touched," Crowds and Power (1960, trans. 1962).

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  • 4.
    Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1983," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • 5.
    One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1981," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).

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  • 6.
    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?
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1980," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).

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  • 7.
    He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1973," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).

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  • 8.
    As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1975," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • 9.
    The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something tricklike about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1973," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • 10.
    Success is the space one occupies in the newspaper. Success is one day's insolence.
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1974," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).

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