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Quotation by Karl Kraus
Die Fackel (Vienna, July 2, 1907) Die Fackel (no. 406/12, Vienna, October 5, 1915) Die Fackel (Vienna, Dec. 15, 1913) quoted in Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, ch. 8 (1976) Die Fackel (Vienna, February 15, 1909) Die Fackel (Vienna, Jan. 18, 1917)
A good stylist should have narcissistic enjoyment as he works. He must be able to objectivize his work to such an extent that he catches himself feeling envious and has to jog his memory to find that he is himself the creator. In short, he must display that highest degree of objectivity which the world calls vanity.
Karl Kraus (1874–1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
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