"Only he who can view his own past as an abortion sprung from compulsion and need can use it to full advantage in the present. Forwhat one has lived is at best comparable to a beautiful statue which has had all its limbs knocked off in transit, and now yields nothing but the precious block out of which the image of one's future must be hewn."
"Nothing is poorer than a truth expressed as it was thought. Committed to writing in such cases, it is not even a bad photograph.... Truth wants to be startled abruptly, at one stroke, from her self-immersion, whether by uproar, music or cries for help."
"The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment bythe public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion."