Elias Canetti Quotes

30 Elias Canetti quotes:

"One should use praise to recognize what one is not."
"People's fates are simplified by their names."
"There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight."
"Whether or not God is dead: it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long."
"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."
Author: Canetti Quotes Category: Self Quotes Self-knowledge Quotes
"Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous."
"Words are not too old, only people are too old if they use the same words too frequently."
"The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well."
"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."
"Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true."
"His head is made of stars, but not yet arranged into constellations."
"As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do."
"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."
"Success is the space one occupies in the newspaper. Success is one day's insolence."
"Justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. But it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food."
"People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation."
"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."
"When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about."
"Whenever you observe an animal closely, you feel as if a human being sitting inside were making fun of you."
"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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