Cees Nooteboom Quotes

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Cees Nooteboom Quotes

When Sartre says man has been thrown into the world, he is alone, there is no God, we are responsible for what we are, what we do, I say yes!"
The affirmative echoed around the woods. The dog pricked up his ears. This man has no one to talk to, thought Inni.
"But when he then asks me to be responsible for the world as well, for others, I say no! No. Why should I be? When man chooses himself, he chooses all men. Why? I have not asked for anything. I have nothing to do with the vermin I see around me. I live out my time because I have to, that is all.
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Conversations consist for the most part of things one does not say.

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Memory is like a dog that lies down where it pleases.

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He thought that, unlike most people, he had simply refused to let himself be brainwashed by newspapers, television, eschatologies, and philosophies into believing that "in spite of everything" this was an acceptable world simply because it existed. It would never become acceptable. Beloved maybe, acceptable never.

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Through men ... you learn how the world is. Through women you learn what it is.

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I find it unbearable to need a body in order to exist.

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Man is a sad mammal that combs its hair.

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