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By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

I try to imagine someone saying to Shakespeare, 'Relax!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

There emanates from superlatives a destructive force.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

It is always the enemy who started it, even if he was not the first to speak out, he was certainly planning it; and if he was not actually planning it, he was thinking of it; and, if he was not thinking of it, he would have thought of it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

Understanding, as we understand it, is misunderstanding.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elias Canetti

In the hierarchy of man's activities, eating was the lowest. Eating had become the object of a cult, but in fact it was but the preliminary to other, utterly contemptible motions. It occurred to him that he wanted to perform one of these too.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

People's fates are simplified by their names.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

You draw closer to truth by shutting yourself off from mankind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Justice begins with the recognition of the necessity of sharing. The oldest law is that which regulates it, and this is still themost important law today and, as such, has remained the basic concern of all movements which have at heart the community of human activities and of human existence in general.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elias Canetti

Every class has pupils who mimic the teachers particularly well and perform for their classmates; a class without such teacher-mimics would have something lifeless about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elias Canetti

Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elias Canetti

I cannot become modest; too many things burn in me; the old solutions are falling apart; nothing has been done yet with the new ones. So I begin, everywhere at once, as if I had a century ahead of me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elias Canetti

Almost Kien was tempted to believe in happiness, that contemptible life-goal of illiterates. If it came of itself, without being hunted for, if you did not hold it fast by force and treated it with a certain condescension, it was permissible to endure its presence for a few days

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elias Canetti

All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

Whenever you observe an animal closely, you feel as if a human being sitting inside were making fun of you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Learning is the art of ignoring.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Elias Canetti

There are books, that one has for twenty years without reading them, that one always keeps at hand, that one takes along from city to city, from country to country, carefully packed, even when there is very little room, and perhaps one leafs through them while removing them from a trunk; yet one carefully refrains from reading even a complete sentence. Then after twenty years, there comes a moment when suddenly, as though under a high compulsion, one cannot help taking in such a book from beginning to end, at one sitting: it is like a revelation. Now one knows why one made such a fuss about it. It had to be with one for a long time; it had to travel; it had to occupy space; it had to be a burden; and now it has reached the goal of its voyage, now it reveals itself, now it illuminates the twenty bygone years it mutely lived with one. It could not say so much if it had not been there mutely the whole time, and what idiot would dare to assert that the same things had always been in it.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Elias Canetti

She was crude, but loyal. He began to understand her even better than before. A pity she was so old; it was too late to try to make a human being of her.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

The paranoiac is the exact image of the ruler. The only difference is their position in the world. One might even think the paranoiac the more impressive of the two because he is sufficient unto himself and cannot be shaken by failure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

The self- explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else. He learns to see himself, but suddenly, provided he was honest, all the rest appears, and it is as rich as he was, and, as a final crowning, richer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Speak as though it were the last sentence allowed you.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Elias Canetti

What proof have we that inorganic objects can feel no pain? Who knows if a book may not yearn for other books, its companions of many years, in some way strange to us and therefore never yet perceived?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

Whether or not God is dead: it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elias Canetti

How unfair, he thought; I can close my mouth whenever I like, as tight as I like, and what has a mouth to say? It is there for taking in nourishment, yet it is well defended, but ears - ears are a prey to every onslaught.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Slumbering in every human being lies an infinity of possibilities, which one must not arouse in vain. For it is terrible when the whole man resonates with echoes and echoes, none becoming a real voice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elias Canetti

A person often falls very ill in order to become someone else and then returns to health much disappointed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

A tormenting thought: as of a certain point, history was no longer real. Without noticing it, all mankind suddenly left reality; everything happening since then was supposedly not true; but we supposedly didn't notice. Our task would now be to find that point, and as long as we didn't have it, we would be forced to abide in our present destruction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

The first effect of adjusting to other people is that one becomes boring.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Success is the space one occupies in the newspaper. Success is one day's insolence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

At this point, the jealousy that tortured me all my life commenced, and the force with which it came over me marked me forever. It became my true passion, utterly heedless of any attempts at convincing me or pointing out a better way.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

A murder shared with many others, which is not only safe and permitted, but indeed recommended, is irresistible to the great majority of men.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

The planet's survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elias Canetti

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elias Canetti

Every command leaves behind a painful sting in the person who is forced to carry it out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

It is important to say all the great thoughts again, without knowing that they have already been said.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elias Canetti

Travelling, one accepts everything; indignation stays at home. One looks, one listens, one is roused to enthusiasm by the most dreadful things because they are new. Good travellers are heartless.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

Of all the words in all languages I know, the greatest concentration is in the English word I.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elias Canetti

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elias Canetti

Every command consists of momentum and sting. The momentum forces the recipient to act, and to act in accordance with the content of the command; the sting remains behind in him. When a command functions normally and as one expects, there is nothing to be seen of the sting; it is hidden and unsuspected and may only reveal its existence by some faint, scarcely perceptible recalcitrance before the command obeyed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elias Canetti

The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind