September 15, 2017

Once upon a time there was an emperor who ruled over a land that was immeasurably large, beautiful, and prosperous. Like every other emperor, he possessed a treasure-chamber, in the midst of which, among all the shining, glittering jewels, there lay a horn. But this was no ordinary instrument. For when one peered inside its finger holes—Oh, what wonders there w...

September 15, 2017

If I had to die now,

I would say:

“Was that it?”

And:

“I’m not quite sure I understood it.

And:

“It was a bit loud.”

1935

Translated by Pól Peist

September 14, 2017

Plan your itinerary in broad strokes; let the details sort themselves out as the whims of the hour dictate.

The world is the biggest tourist attraction there is—get out there and see it.

There isn’t a man alive with such a comprehensive overview that he can understand and appreciate everything; if you don't understand something, have the courage to say so. Don’t...

August 18, 2017

This part of the world is proud of itself, and with good reason. In Europe people are proud:

To be German.

To be French.

To be English.

Not to be German.

Not to be French.

Not to be English.

To be the best in the 3rd Company.

To be a German mother. To stand by the banks of the German Rhine. And in general.

To be in possession of Otto Gebühr’s autograph.

To have a flag. T...

October 26, 2016

Foreign languages are nice, when you don’t understand them. I once asked the great J.V

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