Happy Birthday, Hermann Broch, born 1 November 1886, died 30 May 1951
- What’s important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone.
- The maker of kitsch does not create inferior art, he is not an incompetent or a bungler, he cannot be evaluated by aesthetic standards; rather, he is ethically depraved, a criminal willing radical evil. And since it is radical evil that is manifest here, evil per se, forming the absolute negative pole of every value-system, kitsch will always be evil, not just kitsch in art, but kitsch in every value-system that is not an imitation system.
- I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
Broch was a 20th-century Austrian writer, considered one of the major Modernists.
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