56 Total Quotes

Elias Canetti Quotes

It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
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#Swiss Author

People's fates are simplified by their names.
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#Swiss Author

His head is made of stars, but not yet arranged into constellations.
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#Swiss Author

Justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. But it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food.
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#Swiss Author #Food

All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
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#Dreams #Swiss Author

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

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.
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#Children #Swiss Author

Most religions do not make men better, only warier
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#Men

Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.
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#Swiss Author

Words are not too old, only people are too old if they use the same words too frequently.
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#People #Swiss Author

People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation.
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#Swiss Author #Hate

One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.
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#Life #Swiss Author

A ''modern'' man has nothing to add to modernism, if only because he has nothing to oppose it with. The well-adapted drop off the dead limb of time like lice.
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#Man

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.
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#Swiss Author #Language

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

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

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.
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#Self-knowledge #Self

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.
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#Swiss Author

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.
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#Swiss Author

There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
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#Swiss Author