Quotation by Max Frisch

How the devil am I to prove to my counsel that I don't know my murderous impulses through C.G. Jung, jealousy through Marcel Proust, Spain through Hemingway ... It's true, you need never have read these authorities, you can absorb them through your friends, who also live all their experiences second-hand. What an age!
Max Frisch (1911–1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). Stiller, in I'm Not Stiller, third notebook, pp. 151-152, trans. by Michael Bullock, Vintage (1958).
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