Thursday, November 6, 2008

This is not Christian Bök

It is Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and these are from The Book of Friends:

Minor intellects - the so-called brilliant ones - stir up, but do not dominate, the ideas of their time.

The famous author lives merely in a different form of obscurity from the author of whom no one speaks.

Good taste is the ability continuously to counteract exaggeration.

The worst style develops when a man imitates something while pretending to feel superior to the object of his imitation.

-- translated by J.D. McClatchy, The Whole Difference

1 comment:

mgushuedc said...

Good quotes, but the knot in that tie is *enormous*. Seriously. And it doesn't even look like a windsor. Those Germans.