Elias Canetti

English writer born in Germany (1905-1994)

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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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn't know the bad he might do.Rate it:
Most religions do not make men better, only warier.Rate it:
One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.Rate it:
Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.Rate it:
When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.Rate it:

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