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Gerhart Hauptmann

  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    Should existence in the shining light possess lesser reality than existence in the dark?" "No, it should not," was the answer that came from everything within and about him, filling him with youthful, almost childlike joy.

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  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    He felt the pulse beats of the engines, his ears were filled with the pliant, melodious chords of the Viennese waltz; the whole world had turned into a brilliant, lively, sparkling ballroom.
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    Here was the heart and soul of the vessel, the real modern miracle of strength, the like of which no age in the past has been able to produce. An iron soul, a steely heart. It was as if one were descending below earth into the glowing workshop of Vulcan of old, the lame god, who did not demonstrate the full skill of his divinity until our times.
  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    Necks in standing collars, bare throats encircled with gold chains and pearls turned toward the captain's table.
  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    they drank, they laughed, they flirted, all in the delightful consciousness that they were citizens of the departing nineteenth century, with the probability of being citizens of the even grander twentieth century.
  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    "I very much fear, very much, indeed," said Frederick, "that our world-wide means of communication, which mankind is supposed to own, really own mankind.
  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    No form of idealism, no sort of genuinely great belief can hold its ground any longer.
  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    Are you sure of it?" asked Frederick. "Don't you think it is strange that alongside the greatest achievements of science, alongside Galileo, Kepler, Laplace; alongside the spectrum analysis and the law of the conservation of energy; alongside Kirchoff and Bunsen; alongside steam, gas, electricity, the blindest and most antiquated superstitions still survive, powerful as ever? I am not so certain that backsliding into the most horrible times of the Malleus maleficarum is impossible."
  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    Kindle the light of reason, kindle the light of reason, O God in heaven!
  • carpediem47305has quoted7 months ago
    In a hundred cabins at the same time, frightened persons, who had paid dear for their passage and were entitled to excellent service, were pressing the buttons. None of them was inclined to recognise the force majeure of the Atlantic Ocean, the cyclone, the breaking of the screw, or any other possible accident. They thought that by ringing the bells they would be giving expression to the irresistible demand for a responsible rescuer to bring them safely to dry land.
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