Quotation by E.T.A.W. Hoffmann

Not a single man on earth knows from his own experience the how and where of his birth, only from tradition, which is often very uncertain.
E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776–1822), German author, composer. "The Life and Opinions of Kater Murr," Selected Writings, vol. 2, p. 14, ed. and trans. by Leonard J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight, University of Chicago Press (1969).

The novel's autobiographical tomcat to his readers about the circumstances of his birth.
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