Robert Musil quotes

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Only in the most unusual cases is it useful to determine whether a book is good or bad; for it is just as rare for it to be one or ...
Writing [for the novelist] is not an activity, but a condition. That is why one simply can't resume the work when one has a job an ...
Each person is a graveyard of his thoughts. They are most beautiful for us in the moment of their birth; later we can often sense ...
One could love reason like an Encyclopaedist and still be favorably inclined toward mysticism. Throughout the ages, up to the eyes ...
There is in every either-or a certain naivete which may well befit the evaluator, but ill- becomes the thinker, for whom opposites ...
[There is] an abiding miscommunication between the intellect and the soul. We do not have too much intellect and too little soul, ...
The proverbial notion of historical distance consists in our having lost ninety-five of every hundred original facts, so the remai ...
... the structure of a page of good prose is, analyzed logically, not something frozen but the vibrating of a bridge, which change ...
... there is no such thing as a rational world and a separate irrational world, but only one world containing both.
... the novel is called upon like no other art form to incorporate the intellectual content of an age.
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