Robert Musil

(1880-1942 / Klagenfurt)

Robert Musil Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Robert Musil (1880-1942), Austrian author. Ulrich to his sister Agathe, in The Man Without Qualities, book II, ch. 11, Gesammelte Werke in Neun Banden [Collected Works in Nine Volumes], ed. Adolf Frise, trans. by Donald C. Riechel, Rowohlt (1978).
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  • ''What is the use of "good" painting? We want a spell cast upon the optical part of our existence! We seldom really see the world, but when we do, we become as still as a picture.''
    Robert Musil (1880-1942), Austrian author. Viennese Addenda [October 21, 1921], Gesammelte Werke in Neun Banden [Collected Works in Nine Volumes], ed. Adolf Frise, trans. by Donald C. Riechel, Rowohlt (1978). Reviews of theater performances and art exhibitions, originally published in the Prager Presse [Prague Press]....

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