Quotes

11 November 2014
I owe everything to a system that made me learn by heart till I wept. As a result I have thousands of lines of poetry by heart. I owe everything to this.
11 November 2014
Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.
11 November 2014
To many men ... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.
11 November 2014
It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.... Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.
11 November 2014
The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.
11 November 2014
Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.
11 November 2014
We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning.
11 November 2014
To shoot a man because one disagrees with his interpretation of Darwin or Hegel is a sinister tribute to the supremacy of ideas in human affairs—but a tribute nevertheless.
11 November 2014
Pornographers subvert this last, vital privacy; they do our imagining for us. They take away the words that were of the night and shout them over the roof-tops, making them hollow.
11 November 2014
Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.

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