Wisdom from Polonius


Günter Grass


"Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises."


"Believing: it means believing in our own lies. And I can say that I am grateful that I got this lesson very early."


"If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle - absolute busyness - then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy - and without consciousness."


"Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in."



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