Quotes

11 November 2014
Only in the most unusual cases is it useful to determine whether a book is good or bad; for it is just as rare for it to be one or the other. It is usually both.
11 November 2014
Writing [for the novelist] is not an activity, but a condition. That is why one simply can't resume the work when one has a job and a free half-day. Reading is the conveyance of this condition.
11 November 2014
... the genius never makes anything new, but always something that is just different, and the average talents provide him the possibility within which his genius condenses into achievements.
11 November 2014
Anything that endures over time sacrifices its ability to make an impression.
11 November 2014
It is, all in all, a historic error to believe that the master makes the school; the students make it!
11 November 2014
Philosophers are people who do violence, but have no army at their disposal, and so subjugate the world by locking it into a system.
11 November 2014
But how do I get to having to write a book?... It was a mother who bore me, not an inkwell!
11 November 2014
The difference between a healthy person and one who is mentally ill is the fact that the healthy one has all the mental illnesses, and the mentally ill person has only one.
11 November 2014
... all professional ideologies are high-minded. Hunters, for instance, would not dream of calling themselves the butchers of the woods.
11 November 2014
Every word wants to be taken literally, else it decays into a lie. But one mustn't take any word literally, else the world becomes a madhouse.

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