Find the best quotes by Elias Canetti.
Words are not too old, only people are too old if they use the same words too frequently.
Whenever you observe an animal closely, you feel as if a human being sitting inside were making fun of you.
There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.
One should use praise to recognize what one is not.
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…
The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
It doesn’t matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
Whether or not God is dead: it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long.
He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true.
Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim.
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?
People’s fates are simplified by their names.
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…
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…
Success listens only to applause. To all else it is deaf.
One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.
Most religions do not make men better, only warier.
The planet’s survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.
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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