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Elias Canetti Quotes

(1905), Austrian Novelist, Philosopher

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

Category: Autobiography

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.

Category: Children

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.

Category: Crime And Criminals

He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.

Category: Death And Dying

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?

Category: Decisions

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

Category: God

As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do.

Category: Goodness

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

Category: Humankind

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

Category: Ideas

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.

Category: Language

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

Category: Lies And Lying

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

Category: Lust For Life

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.

Category: Modern And Modernism

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.

Category: Paranoia

Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.

Category: Pessimism