W. G. Sebald Quotes & Sayings

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16 most famous W. G. Sebald quotes and sayings (writer). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

“It is a sore point, because you do have advantages if you have access to more than one language. You also have problems, because on bad days you don't trust yourself, either in your first or your second language, and so you feel like a complete halfwit.”
“Where I grew up, in a remote village at the back of a valley, the old still thought the dead needed attending to - a notion so universal, it's enscribed in all religions. If you didn't, they might exact revenge upon the living.”
W. G. Sebald Quotes
“The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory. To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory have the much greater chance to lead happy lives.”
W. G. Sebald Quotes
“People's ability to forget what they do not want to know, to overlook what is before their eyes, was seldom put to the test better than in Germany at that time.”
W. G. Sebald Quotes
“Places seem to me to have some kind of memory, in that they activate memory in those who look at them.”
“I've always felt that the traditional novel doesn't give you enough information about the narrator, and I think it's important to know the point of view from which these tales are told: the moral makeup of the teller.”
“To my mind, it seems clear that those who have no memory have the much greater chance to lead happy lives. But it is something you cannot possibly escape: your psychological make-up is such that you are inclined to look back over your shoulder.”
W. G. Sebald Quotes
“A subject which at first glance seems quite removed from the undeclared concern of the book can encapsulate that concern.”
W. G. Sebald Quotes
“Comparing oneself with one's fellow writers is a bad idea. I would not review a fellow writer unless I had something terribly positive to say.”
W. G. Sebald Quotes
“I always read the translator's draft all the way through - a very laborious business.”

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