Quotation by E.T.A.W. Hoffmann

There are men from whom nature or some peculiar destiny has removed the cover beneath which we hide our own madness. They are like thin-skinned insects whose visible play of muscles seem to make them deformed, though in fact, everything soon turns to its normal shape again.
E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776–1822), German author, composer. "Councillor Krespel," Selected Writings, vol. 1, p. 180, ed. and trans. by Leonard J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight, University of Chicago Press (1969).

Professor M. to the narrator about Councillor Krespel's eccentric, seemingly mad behavior.
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