Quotation by Robert Musil

Strong emotional experiences are for the most part impersonal. Anyone who has hated another person so much that only chance stands between that person and death knows this, as does whoever has fallen into the catastrophe of a deep depression, anyone who has loved a woman to the dregs, anyone who has beaten others bloody or ever come up behind another person with muscles trembling. "Losing one's head," language calls it. Emotional experience is, in itself, poor in qualities; qualities are brought to it by the person who has the experience.
Robert Musil (1880–1942), Austrian author. Profile of a Program (1912), corrected draft of an essay, Robert Musil, Precision and Soul. Essays and Addresses, p. 11, ed. and trans. by Burton Pike and David S. Luft, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1990).
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