Monday, April 18, 2005

Reflecting on Reflections

"I can imagine that an ugly woman who looks in the mirror is convinced that it is her mirror image, and not she, that is ugly. Thus society sees the mirror image of its meanness and is stupid enough to believe that I am the mean fellow."
(Karl Kraus, Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half-Truths :30)

"It so often happened to me that someone who shared my opinion kept the larger share for himself that I am now forewarned and offer people only ideas."
(Ib. :30)


Anonymous said...

Has the second quote ever happened to you? :-)


mynym said...

Almost... but such basic issues are not of my opinion.

I've almost always been more interested in ideas as such, including those of the feminine mind.

On the other hand I share a tendency with Kraus about men,
"Many gentlemen to whom I have given walking papers have felt offended in their most feminine feelings." --Karl Kraus