If I had to give a definition of happiness, it would be this: happiness needs nothing but itself; it doesn’t have to be validated.

— Herman Koch

The most reckoning Herman Koch quotes to get the best of your day

In one way or another, every parent is curious what their children.

.. what are they doing when we don't see?... What double lives are they leading? Is there something else?


I am not a great planner, so I have just a vague idea.

And then I start to find out what kind of book I actually want to write.


Sometimes things come out of your mouth that you regret later on.

Or no, not regret. You say something so razor-sharp that the person you say it to carries it around with them for the rest of their life.


Around here, we're as happy as God in France.


The stupid woman is the one who thinks she doesn’t need any help.


When I'm writing I get easily bored.


When the conversation turns too quickly to films,I see it as a sign of weakness.