„Hardly anyone still reads nowadays. People make use of the writer only in order to work off their own excess energy on him in a perverse manner, in the form of agreement or disagreement.“

—  Robert Musil, livro O Homem sem Qualidades

Fonte: The Man Without Qualities

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História
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„Yes, for most people nowadays television is their only contact with the world beyond their work.“

—  John Brunner, livro The Sheep Look Up

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„I'm sick of the form—slices of life served up cold in three hundred pages. Oh, it's very nice; it makes nice reading for people. But what's the use? Except, of course, to kill time for those who prefer it dead. But as things in themselves, as art, they've been ruined by excess.“

—  Rose Macaulay English novelist and writer 1881 - 1958

Potterism (1921) p.196. https://books.google.com/books?id=9tDSm2WzQxsC&pg=PA196
Contexto: Jane: What do you think of his book Arthur?
Gideon: I don't think of it. I've had no reason to, particularly. I've not had to review it.... I'm afraid I'm hopeless about novels just now, that's the fact. I'm sick of the form—slices of life served up cold in three hundred pages. Oh, it's very nice; it makes nice reading for people. But what's the use? Except, of course, to kill time for those who prefer it dead. But as things in themselves, as art, they've been ruined by excess. My critical sense is blunted just now. I can hardly feel the difference, though I can see it, between a good novel and a bad one. I couldn't write one, good or bad, to save my life, I know that. And I've got to the stage when I wish other people wouldn't. I wish everyone would shut up, so that we could hear ourselves think...

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„Our governments are preparing for a future without work, and that includes the petty criminals. Leisure societies lie ahead of us… People will still work — or, rather, some people will work, but only for a decade of their lives.“

—  J. G. Ballard, livro Cocaine Nights

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Contexto: Our governments are preparing for a future without work, and that includes the petty criminals. Leisure societies lie ahead of us... People will still work — or, rather, some people will work, but only for a decade of their lives. They will retire in their late thirties, with fifty years of idleness in front of them. … But how do you energize people, give them back some sense of community? A world lying on its back is vulnerable to any cunning predator. Politics are a pastime for a professional caste and fail to excite the rest of us. Religious belief demands a vast effort of imaginative and emotional commitment, difficult to muster if you're still groggy from last night's sleeping pill. Only one thing is left which can rouse people, threaten them directly and force them to act together. … Crime, and transgressive behavior — by which I mean all activities which aren't necessarily illegal, but provoke us and tap our need for strong emotion, quicken the nervous system and jump the synapses deadened by leisure and inaction.

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„His reputation will go on increasing because scarcely anyone reads him.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778

Sa réputation s’affermira toujours, parce qu’on ne le lit guère.
"Dante http://www.voltaire-integral.com/Html/18/dante.htm" (1765)
Citas, Dictionnaire philosophique (1764)

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