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Robert Musil Quotes and Sayings

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Layer by layer art strips life bare.
- Robert Musil

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

If there is a sense of reality, there must also be a sense of possibility.
- Robert Musil

It is reality that awakens possibilities,
and nothing would be more perverse than to deny it.
- 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

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

Anything that endures over time sacrifices its ability to make an impression.
- Robert Musil

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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

Life is to blame for everything.
- Robert Musil

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 the other.
It is usually both.
- Robert Musil

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

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

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

On this thin, scarcely real and yet so perceptible
sensation the whole world hung as on a faintly trembling axis,
and this in turn rested on the two people in the room.
- 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

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

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

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

The thoughts of my emotionally so disturbed days must be found again,
shifted and developed further.
Here and there something of the loose remarks I make must be used,
but only when it finds my attention again.
- 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

Life is like an onion:
you peel it off one layer at a time,
and sometimes you weep.
- Carl Sandburg

You're better off being a brick layer if you're going
to play guitar than a sheet metal worker.
- Roger Daltrey

The removal of an electron from the surface of an atom -
that is,
the ionization of the atom - means a fundamental structural
change in its surface layer.
- Johannes Stark

This result is due to a phenomenon of interference
which occurs within the sensitive layer.
- Gabriel Lippmann

Red Carpet has a nice package abstraction layer that
allows us to support RPMs and DEBs transparently.
- Nat Friedman

So I'm going to go on and work on preserving the ozone layer,
encouraging everyone to recycle.
- Dean Stockwell

Society is like a stew.
If you don't stir it up every once in a while then
a layer of scum floats to the top.
- Edward Abbey

Like a layer on a pearl, you can't specifically identify the irritant,
the moment of the irritant, but at the end of the day,
you know you have a pearl.
- Ken Burns

Nudity is who people are at the most interesting point of the evening,
when they take off their protective layer,
when no one is watching.
- Bridget Fonda

When cutting staff at the Pentagon, don't eliminate
the thin layer that assures civilian control.
- Donald Rumsfeld

Race is a layer of being, but not a culmination.
- Thylias Moss

We do not have a functioning market in the true sense
of the word in health care.
That's a layer of transparency that's sorely needed in America.
- Paul Ryan

A brick layer, lays bricks...
I'm an Actor, that's what I do.
- Michael Chiklis

If you want a higher power, go to the goddamn sun.
Just go to the sun - and stop destroying the ozone layer.
- Susan Powter

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint,
but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic
colours breaking through.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In the case of composite colour, an infinity of systems
must be obtained for maxima infinitely slight and with
an infinity of interval values separating them -
that is to say,
the whole thickness of the sensitive layer is occupied
in continuous manner by these maxima.
- Gabriel Lippmann

From a scientific perspective there is some indication
that a nuclear war could deplete the earth's ozone layer or,
less likely, could bring on a new Ice Age -
but there is no suggestion that either the created
order or mankind would be destroyed in the process.
- Herman Kahn

One layer was certainly 17th century.
The 18th century in him is obvious.
There was the 19th century, and a large slice,
of course, of the 20th century; and another,
curious layer which may possibly have been the 21st.
- Clement Attlee

Even now it is no longer composed of the traditional political class,
but of a composite layer of corporate leaders,
high-level administrators, and the heads of the major professional,
labor, political, and religious organisations.
- Jean-Francois Lyotard

It's toughest to forgive ourselves.
So it's probably best to start with other people.
It's almost like peeling an onion.
Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get
to the point where you can forgive yourself.
- Patty Duke

You know, of course, the specimens are not alive.
We have to fix them in a fixing liquid formaldehyde
and then we have to do a rinsing and then we have to
coat them in a thin layer of gold.
- Lennart Nilsson

This world is run by people who know how to do things.
They know how things work.
They are equipped.
Up there, there's a layer of people who run everything.
But we - we're just peasants.
We don't understand what's going on,
and we can't do anything.
- Doris Lessing

For fossils to thrive, certain favorable circumstances are required.
First of all, of course, remnants of life have to be there.
These then need to be washed over with water as soon as possible,
so that the bones are covered with a layer of sediment.
- Richard Leakey

The appearance of the bones of quadrupeds,
especially those of complete bodies in the strata,
tells us either that the layer itself which carries
them was in earlier times dry land or that dry land
was at least formed in the immediate area.
- George Cuvier

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton


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