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Quotation by Robert Musil
[On Criticism] Robert Musil: Precision and Soul. Essays and Addresses, p. 43, ed. and trans. by Burton Pike and David S. Luft, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1990) diary entry, 1918-1921 Tagebucher, ed. Adolf Frise, trans. by Donald C. Rieche, Rowohlt (1976) Diary entry, date uncertain: 1899?-1905/06 Tagebucher, 2 vols., ed. Adolf Frise, trans. by Donald C. Rieche, Rowohlt (1976) Die Wallfahrt nach Innen [The Pilgrimage into the Interior] p. 1447, ed. Adolf Frise, trans. by Donald C. Riechel, Rowohlt (1978) Helpless Europe. A Digressive Journey (1922) Robert Musil, Precision and Soul. Essays and Addresses, p. 127, ed. and trans. by Burton Pike and David S. Luft, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1990)
It is a fundamental characteristic of civilization that man most profoundly mistrusts those living outside his own milieu, so that not only does the Teuton regard the Jew as an incomprehensible and inferior being, but the football player likewise so regards the piano player.
Robert Musil (1880–1942), Austrian author. repr. Perigee (1980). The Man Without Qualities, book I, ch. 7, trans. and with a foreword by Eithne Wilkins and Ernst Kaiser, Coward-McCann (1953).
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