Hans Magnus Enzensberger


Hans Magnus Enzensberger Quotes

  • ''Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed.''
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), German poet, critic. "The Late Show," November 5, 1990, BBC2.
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  • ''A pathological business, writing, don't you think? Just look what a writer actually does: all that unnatural tense squatting and hunching, all those rituals: pathological!''
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), German poet, critic. quoted in Guardian (London, Aug. 30, 1990).
  • ''Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.''
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), German poet, critic. "Topological Studies in Modern Literature," Sur (Buenos Aires, May-June 1966).

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Middle Class Blues

We can't complain.
We're not out of work.
We don't go hungry.
We eat.
The grass grows,
the social product,
the fingernail,
the past.
The streets are empty.

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