Literary Birthday – 25 July – Elias Canetti

Elias Canetti was born 25 July 1905, and died 14 August 1994.

Seven Quotes

  1. All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
  2. There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
  3. The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
  4. When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
  5. There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
  6. The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind.
  7. The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation, and it seems most true when it eschews artistic devices of any sort.

Elias Canetti was a Bulgarian-born Swiss and British novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. He is the author of Auto-da-FéParty in the BlitzCrowds and Power, and The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th July 2014