Günther Grass


Günther Grass Quotes

  • ''Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Quoted by Arthur Miller in Paris Review (Flushing, New York, Summer 1966).
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  • ''Believing: it means believing in our own lies. And I can say that I am grateful that I got this lesson very early.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Television broadcast, Nov. 3, 1992, "Omnibus," BBC.
  • ''Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.''
    Günther Grass (b.1927), German author. the narrator (Oskar Matzerath), in The Tin Drum, bk. 1, "Rasputin and the Alphabet," (1959), trans. by R. Manheim (1961).
  • ''Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Interview, New Statesman & Society (London, June 22, 1990).
  • ''Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Interview in New Statesman & Society (June 22, 1990).
  • ''We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Interview in New Statesman & Society (London, June 22, 1990).
  • ''If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle—absolute busyness—then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy—and without consciousness.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. "On Stasis in Progress," From the Diary of a Snail (1972).
  • ''Melancholy has ceased to be an individual phenomenon, an exception. It has become the class privilege of the wage earner, a mass state of mind that finds its cause wherever life is governed by production quotas.''
    Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. "On Stasis in Progress," From the Diary of a Snail (1972).

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