Gunter Grass's Quotes
Biography of Gunter Grass
As a child I was a great liar. Fortunately my mother liked my lies. I promised her marvelous things.Tags: Great, Liar, Mother
I catch myself judging myself as that 13-year-old boy, who, of course, rightfully points out that he is only a child. And my membership - well, I was drafted into the Waffen-SS and didn't exactly volunteer, which was just as idiotic. I wanted to be on the submarines and then ended up with the Waffen-SS.Tags: Child, Judging, Wanted
I have heard my fill of hurtful words. I think it's especially egregious when citizens like me, who point out abuses in their country, are referred to as 'do-gooders.' This is how a phrase that can be used to stop an argument dead becomes part of common usage.Tags: Country, Dead, Words
Everyone is born into a certain era. I wouldn't want to see anyone faced with the circumstances that prevailed at the time, when there were few or no alternatives.Tags: Everyone, Few, Time
Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper.Tags: Art, Fight, Passion
I belonged to the generation that grew up under National Socialism, and was blinded and led astray - and allowed itself to be led astray.Tags: Generation, National, Socialism
I'm always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.Tags: Learn, Makes, Nature
Often I had to imagine the things I needed. I learned very early to read amidst noise. And so I started writing and drawing at an early age.Tags: Age, Learned, Writing
I have found that words that are loaded with pathos and create a seductive euphoria are apt to promote nonsense.Tags: Found, Nonsense, Words
I have often supported Israel, I have often visited the country and want the country to exist and at last find peace with its neighbours.Tags: Country, Often, Peace
Writers know that sometimes things are there in the drawer for decades before they finally come out and you are capable of writing about them.Tags: Sometimes, Writers, Writing
Everybody knows how fallible memory can sometimes be. You remember certain fragments precisely, but as soon as you try to join the fragments together, for a story, there is a certain - not falsification, but a shifting.Tags: Remember, Together, Try
I did not volunteer for the Waffen SS, but was, as were thousands of my year group, conscripted. I did not then know as a 17-year-old that it was a criminal unit. I thought it was an elite unit.Tags: Group, Thought, Year
I don't believe in writing at night because it comes too easily. When I read it in the morning it's not good. I need daylight to begin. Between nine and ten o'clock I have a long breakfast with reading and music.Tags: Good, Morning, Music
I had an uncle who was a postal official at the Polish post office in Gdansk. He was one of the defenders of the Polish postal service and, after it capitulated, was shot by the Germans under the provisions of martial law. Suddenly he was no longer a member of the family, and we were no longer allowed to play with his children.Tags: Children, Family, Law
I think it's a shame that we have 'Bild' like you have the 'Sun'. Now serious newspapers like 'FAZ' and 'Spiegel' use a bit of the tone of 'Bild.' This is terrible.Tags: Bit, Serious, Sun
I was assigned to the Waffen-SS but was never involved in any crime. Besides, I always felt the need to write about my experiences in a larger context one day. This has only developed recently, now that I have overcome my inner aversion to writing an autobiography in the first place, specifically one having to do with my younger years.Tags: Place, Write, Writing
In general, I agree with Jacob Grimm and feel that we ought to permit changes and uncontrolled growth in language. Even though that also allows potentially threatening new words to develop, language needs the chance to constantly renew itself.Tags: Chance, Growth, Words
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Lies that do not hurt, which are different from lies that protect oneself or hurt another person. That is not my business. But the truth is mostly very boring, and you can help it along with lies. There is no harm in that.Tags: Business, Hurt, Truth
My relationship with Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm reaches far back into my childhood. I grew up with Grimm's fairy tales. I even saw a theater production of 'Tom Thumb' during Advent at the State Theater in Danzig, which my mother took me to see.Tags: Far, Mother, State
What I do is sometimes - at least in Germany - met with wounding campaigns. I always face the question: should I grow myself a thick skin and ignore it, or should I let myself be wounded? I've decided to be wounded, since, if I grew a thick skin, there are other things I wouldn't feel any more.Tags: Ignore, Question, Sometimes