The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.

— Elias Canetti

The most bumbling Elias Canetti quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation.

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All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.

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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?

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I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore.

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

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A head full of stars, just not in constellation yet.

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Of all the words in all languages I know, the greatest concentration is in the English word I.

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Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster.

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Success listens only to applause. To all else it is deaf

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

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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.

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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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About Elias Canetti

Quotes 71 sayings
Nationality Swiss
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else.

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

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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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The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind

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Success is the space one occupies in the newspaper. Success is one day's insolence.

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Travelling, one accepts everything; indignation stays at home. One looks, one listens, one is roused to enthusiasm by the most dreadful things because they are new. Good travellers are heartless.

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The planet's survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.

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It is always the enemy who started it, even if he was not the first to speak out, he was certainly planning it; and if he was not actually planning it, he was thinking of it; and, if he was not thinking of it, he would have thought of it.

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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.

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

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There can be no Creator, simply because his grief at the fate of his creation would be inconceivable and unendurable.

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

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Almost Kien was tempted to believe in happiness, that contemptible life-goal of illiterates. If it came of itself, without being hunted for, if you did not hold it fast by force and treated it with a certain condescension, it was permissible to endure its presence for a few days

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

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I cannot become modest; too many things burn in me; the old solutions are falling apart; nothing has been done yet with the new ones. So I begin, everywhere at once, as if I had a century ahead of me.

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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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One should use praise to recognize what one is not.

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It is important to say all the great thoughts again, without knowing that they have already been said.

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Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim.

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

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A child. . . opens and closes like a blossom.

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Most religions do not make men better, only warier.

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

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You draw closer to truth by shutting yourself off from mankind.

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Beauty always has something remote.

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

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There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown.

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People's fates are simplified by their names.

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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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Death is a scandal. The machine is functioning, we are all hostages

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Justice begins with the recognition of the necessity of sharing.

The oldest law is that which regulates it, and this is still themost important law today and, as such, has remained the basic concern of all movements which have at heart the community of human activities and of human existence in general.

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Speak as though it were the last sentence allowed you.

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Slumbering in every human being lies an infinity of possibilities, which one must not arouse in vain. For it is terrible when the whole man resonates with echoes and echoes, none becoming a real voice.

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

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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.

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I want to keep smashing myself until I am whole.

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