Friday, November 6, 2009

Meandering to and fro . . .

Today is the birthday of Robert Musil (November 6, 1880 - April 15, 1942), writer. He is best known for his unfinished novel Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften (The Man Without Qualities), which is considered to be one of the most important novels of Modernist literature.

"What is the use of good painting? We want a spell cast upon the optical part of our existence! We seldom really see the world, but when we do, we become as still as a picture." - 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

"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

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