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Christa Wolf
By Anonym 14 Sep

Christa Wolf

It is this ability to bear what is unbearable and to go on living, to go on doing what one is used to doing—it is this uncanny ability that the existence of the human race is based on.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christa Wolf

Much later I realized that a person's attitude to pain reveals more about his future than almost any other sign I know.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Christa Wolf

In any case, he made me think the unheard-of: The world could go on after our destruction.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christa Wolf

I claim that every woman in this century and in our culture sphere who has ventured into male-dominated institutions - 'literature' and 'aesthetics' are such institutions - must have experienced the desire for self-destruction.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Christa Wolf

Resurrected from the dead. If miracles could happen, this was one of them; but we no longer knew the right way to accommodate a miracle. We hardly realized that a miracle can be met other than with broken phrases and mocking looks.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Christa Wolf

Writing means making things large.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christa Wolf

Night thoughts have a different color than day thoughts, a different slant, more than anything else they know all the secret paths and chinks in the armor they can take advantage of to force their way into consciousness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christa Wolf

I asked Agamemnon plainly about Iphigenia; he wept. Not as one cries out of pain, but out of fear. Out of weakness.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Christa Wolf

The real question is: How sturdy and solid is the floor our civilization stands on? How many lives with no prospects, shattered and senseless, can it bear the weight of before it cracks somewhere or other, splits at the joints?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christa Wolf

Now writing is just working your way toward the border that the innermost secret draws around itself, and to cross that line would mean self-destruction. But writing is also an attempt to respect the borderline only for the truly innermost secret, and bit by bit to free the taboos around that core, difficult to admit as they are, from their prison of unspeakability. Not self-destruction but self-redemption. Not being afraid of unavoidable suffering.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

Denn ich ohne Bücher bin nicht ich.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

Ci abituiamo di nuovo a dormire tranquilli. Viviamo senza risparmiarci, come ce ne fosse anche troppa di questa strana sostanza ch'è la vita, come se non dovesse avere mai fine.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Christa Wolf

I've known one thing for a long time: there's a role in the big machine even for someone who makes fun of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christa Wolf

Autonomous people, nations, and systems can promote each other's welfare; they do not have to fight each other like those whose inner insecurity and immaturity continually demand the demarcation of limits and postures of intimidation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

A possession considered of little value up to now suddenly becomes precious to a person if another person desires it, don't you think?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

What do I actually mean when I say 'delusion'? I mean the absurdity of the claim that the excessive atomic armament of both sides creates a 'balance of terror' that reduces the danger of war; that in the long run it even offers a minimum of security. ... Hence the cynical saying: He who strikes first will die second.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

You love tenderly and warmly, but your love is like friendship. That's why you have good friends, you're sociable, sympathetic toward people. Until this dissatisfaction comes over you-you know what I'm talking about. Then you become moody, can even repulse people who are close to you, even people who love you, you know why. Those are bad times when everything goes cold, and they follow the times of great love.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Christa Wolf

Every system of power in the world has a vested interest in weakening the individuality of its subjects and tries to weaken or it possible completely extinguish it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christa Wolf

Between killing and dying there's a third way: live

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

There are secrets that ravage you, others that make you stronger.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

The past is not dead - it isn't even past

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

To prevent wars, people must criticize, in their own country, the abuses that occur in their own country. The role taboos play in the preparation for war. The number of shameful secrets keeps growing incessantly, boundlessly. How meaningless all censorship taboos become, and how meaningless the consequences for overstepping them, when your life is in danger.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christa Wolf

The most beautiful thing under the sun is being under the sun.