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" Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you. "
" He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof. "
" The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us. "
" The hardest hit, as everywhere, are those who have no choice. "
" All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire. "
" The most powerful person is he who is able to do least himself and burden others most with the things for which he lends his name and pockets the credit. "
" Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion. "
" A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it. "
" Wrong life cannot be lived rightly. "
" Every work of art is an uncommitted crime. "
" In psycho-analysis nothing is true except the exaggerations. "
" Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them. "
" In the end, glorification of splendid underdogs is nothing other than glorification of the splendid system that makes them so. "
In The End
" The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes. "
" The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. "
" Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed. "
" The joke of our time is the suicide of intention. "
" No emancipation without that of society. "
" Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated. "
" The whole is the false. "
" Intelligence is a moral category. "
" Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices. "
Black And White
" He who matures early lives in anticipation. "
" Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth. "
" In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'. "
" The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power. "
" For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live. "
" Anti-Semitism is the rumour about the Jews. "
" He who integrates is lost. "
" A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself. "
" Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought but absolute tautology. "