Elias Canetti

(1905_1994 / Ruse)

Elias Canetti Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1976," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • ''One should use praise to recognize what one is not.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1976," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • ''The planet's survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1979," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • ''There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1980," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1980," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).

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