Elias Canetti Quotes

30 Elias Canetti quotes:

"All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams."
"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."
"Success listens only to applause. To all else it is deaf."
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"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 process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation."
"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."
"It doesn't matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes."
"People's fates are simplified by their names."
"His head is made of stars, but not yet arranged into constellations."
"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."
"When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about."
"As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do."
"There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight."
"Whenever you observe an animal closely, you feel as if a human being sitting inside were making fun of you."
"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."
"One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it."
"Whether or not God is dead: it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long."
"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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