Ernst Fischer

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Ernst Fischer Quotes

  • ''To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.''
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. Art Against Ideology, ch. 1 (1966, trans. 1969).
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  • ''The bosses of our mass media, press, radio, film and television, succeed in their aim of taking our minds off disaster. Thus, the distraction they offer demands the antidote of maximum concentration on disaster.''
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. Art Against Ideology, ch. 1 (1966, trans. 1969).
  • ''As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.''
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. The Necessity of Art, ch. 5 (1959, trans. 1963).
  • ''In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.''
    Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. The Necessity of Art, ch. 2 (1959, trans. 1963).

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