Hermann Broch Quotes

Kitsch generates pseudonovelty with no new insight into reality or else does not concern itself at all with the new and produces its effects with more or less academic eclecticism.

Kitsch is certainly not "bad art " it forms its own closed system.

Kitsch tends to wallow in beauty - its shortcoming is not aesthetic but ethical

The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason.

Are we then insane because we have not gone mad?

The goddess of beauty is the goddess Kitsch.

The essence of kitsch is the confusion of ethical and esthetic categories; kitsch wants to produce not the "good" but the "beautiful.

While love ceaselessly strives toward that which lies at the hiddenmost center hatred only perceives the topmost surface . . .

Romanticism is the mother of kitsch and that there are moments when the child becomes so like its mother that one cannot differentiate between them

No one's death comes to pass without making some impression and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness.

You must neither completely nor partially copy the art of others. If so you will be producing kitsch.

A kitsch novel describes the world not as it really is but as it is hoped and feared to be...

The techniques of kitsch which are based on imitation are rational and operate according to formulas; the remain rational even when their result has a highly irrational even crazy quality.

Although every man believes that his decisions and resolutions involve the most multifarious factors in reality they are mere oscillation between flight and longing.

Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.

Were one merely to seek information one should inquire of the man who hates but if one wishes to know what truly is one better ask the one who loves.

One who hates is a man holding a magnifying-glass and when he hates someone he knows precisely that person's surface from the soles of his feet all the way up to each hair on the hated head.

What's important is promising something to the people not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone.