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  • Today I start a diary; it is against my usual habbits, but out of a clearly felt need.
    (Robert Musil)

  • A particularly fine head on a man usually means that he is stupid; particularly deep philosophers are usually shallow thinkers; in literature, talents not much above the average are usually regarded by their contemporaries as geniuses.
    (Robert Musil)

  • Progress would be wonderful - if only it would stop.
    (Robert Musil)

  • Anything that endures over time sacrifices its ability to make an impression.
    (Robert Musil)

  • Life is to blame for everything.
    (Robert Musil)


  • It is, all in all, a historic error to believe that the master makes the school; the students make it!
    (Robert Musil)

  • Don't you know that every perfect life would mean the end of art?
    (Robert Musil)

  • It will always be the same possibilities, in sum or on the average, that go on repeating themselves until a man comes along who does not value the actuality above idea. It is he who first gives the new possibilities their meaning, their direction, and he awakens them.
    (Robert Musil)

  • All still lifes are actually paintings of the world on the sixth day of creation, when God and the world were alone together, without man!
    (Robert Musil)

  • The thought came to me that all one loves in art becomes beautiful. Beauty is nothing but the expression of the fact that something is being loved. Only thus could she be defined.
    (Robert Musil)

  • The difference between a healthy person and one who is mentally ill is the fact that the healthy one has all the mental illnesses, and the mentally ill person has only one.
    (Robert Musil)

  • Philosophers are people who do violence, but have no army at their disposal, and so subjugate the world by locking it into a system.
    (Robert Musil)

  • When there is clear testimony that use of such weapons has done this, it demands a full investigation. From Vietnam onwards there has been a general condemnation of the use of white phosphorus and concern about the injuries and consequences.
    (Robert Musil)

  • If there is a sense of reality, there must also be a sense of possibility.
    (Robert Musil)

  • Time, which runs through the world like an endless tinsel thread, seemed to pass through the centre of this room and through the centre of these people and suddenly to pause and petrify, stiff, still and glittering... and the objects in the room drew a little closer together.
    (Robert Musil)


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