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Elias Canetti Quotes and Sayings
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All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
- Elias Canetti

Related topics: Dreams

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

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

Whenever you observe an animal closely,
you feel as if a human being sitting inside were making fun of you.
- Elias Canetti

 

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.
- Elias Canetti

He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
- Elias Canetti

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

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

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

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

Most religions do not make men better,
only warier.
- Elias Canetti

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.
- Elias Canetti

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.
- Elias Canetti

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?
- Elias Canetti

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.
- Elias Canetti

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.
- Elias Canetti

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

One should use praise to recognize what one is not.
- Elias Canetti

His head is made of stars, but not yet arranged into constellations.
- Elias Canetti

Justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat.
But it also requires that everyone should contribute
to the production of food.
- Elias Canetti

Pessimists are not boring.
Pessimists are right.
Pessimists are superfluous.
- Elias Canetti

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.
- Elias Canetti

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

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

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

The process of writing has something infinite about it.
Even though it is interrupted each night,
it is one single notation.
- Elias Canetti

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

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.
- Elias Canetti

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

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

People's fates are simplified by their names.
- Elias Canetti

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

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer) PHOTO

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault

Know the best and highest choices for health
and more often choose those things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
- Lao Tzu

You will always have habits -
things you do regularly and without conscious thought -
but you do have the ability to CHOOSE your habits.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.
- Alan Watts

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

The universe is full of magical things
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
- Eden Phillpotts

Inspire people to do things for themselves.
Inspire people to think for themselves.
- Bono

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Most of us are prisoners of habit,
and don't even notice that we do the same things,
think the same things, want the same things each day -
mostly without conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- Titus Livius

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

Do all things with love.
- Og Mandino

Obstacles are those frightful things
you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
- Henry Ford

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
- John F. Kennedy

Things are only impossible until they're not.
- Jean-Luc Picard, character in STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Do not seek to bring things to pass
in accordance with your wishes,
but wish for them as they are,
and you will find them.
- Epictetus

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller


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