Elias Canetti

(1905_1994 / Ruse)

Elias Canetti Quotes

  • ''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 practise deception themselves.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1980," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
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  • ''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).
  • ''It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1981," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • ''Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.''
    Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1982," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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