Quotes By Farewell Waltz

“...people don't respect the morning. An alarm clock violently wakes them up, shatters their sleep like the blow of an ax, and they immediately surrender themselves to deadly haste. Can you tell me what kind of day can follow a beginning of such violence? What happens to people whose alarm clock daily gives them a small electric shock? Each day they become more used to violence and less used to pleasure.”


“And Jakub realized that this child had done no harm, that he was not guilty of anything, and yet had been born with bad eyes and would have them forever. And he reflected further that what he had held against others was something given, something they came into the world with and carried with them like a heavy wire fence. He reflected that he had no privileged right to high-mindedness and that the highest degree of high-mindedness is to love people even though they are murderers.”


“Svijetla kosa i tamna kosa, to su dva pola ljudskog karaktera. Tamna kosa znači muževnost, odvažnost, otvorenost i poduzetnost, dok je svijetla kosa simbol ženstvenosti, nježnosti, bespomoćnosti i pasivnosti. PlavuÅ¡a je, prema tome, dvostruka žena. Princeza mora biti plavokosa. Zato žene, da bi bile ženstvenije, boje kosu u žuto, a nikad u crno.”


“What drove such people to their sinister occupations? Spite? Certainly, but also the desire for order. Because the desire for order tries to transform the human world into an inorganic reign in which everything goes well, everything functions as a subject of an impersonal will. The desire for order is at the same time a desire for death, because life is a perpetual violation of order. Or, inversely, the desire for order is a virtuous pretext by which man's hatred for man justifies its crimes.”


“Знаете ли, аз мисля, че животът трябва да се приема такъв, какъвто е. (...) Всичко е в божиите ръце и ние не знаем нищо за утрешния ден, с което искам да кажа, че да приемаш живота такъв, какъвто е, означава да приемеш непредсказуемото. А детето е негов събирателен образ. Детето е самата непредсказуемост. Не знаеш какво ще излезе от него, какво ще ти донесе и точно затова трябва да го приемеш. Ð’ противен случай живееш наполовина, живееш като човек, който не умее да плува и смао шляпа край брега, макар че истинското море е на дълбокото.”


“Pravda, u stvari, i ne treba da nas previÅ¡e zanima. Pravda nije ljudska stvar. Postoji pravda slijepih i krutih zakona, a osim nje možda i neka viÅ¡a pravda, ali tu ja ne razumijem. Uvijek mi se činilo da na ovom svijetu živim izvan pravde. Pravda me se ne tiče. Pravda je neÅ¡to izvan mene i iznad mene. Kako god se uzme, neÅ¡to neljudsko. Nikad neću suraÄ‘ivati s tom odvratnom silom.”


“The only thing that makes me somewhat sceptical regarding human procreation is the unintelligent selection of parents. Some of the most unattractive individuals in the world feel they must multiply at all costs. They are apparently under the illusion that the burden of ugliness becomes lighter if it is shared with descendants.”


“Чудаците не живеят зле, стига да имат късмет хората да се съобразяват с чудачествата им.”


“... he realized that the path of love, which Bertlef had suggested, was closed to him; it was the path of saints, not of ordinary men.”


“O desejo de ordem é, ao mesmo tempo desejo de morte, porque a vida é perpétua violação da ordem. Ou, inversamente, o desejo de ordem é um pretexto virtuoso através do qual o ódio do homem pelo homem justifica as suas malfeitorias.”