Ja, ja, die Frauen sind meine schwache Seite, was soll ich tun, ich kann doch nichts dafür, und geh ich einmal an den Frauen pleite, dann schreib ich ausverkauft an meine Herzenstür.

-Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz

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Schwör mir keine Treue, leist mir keinen Eid, denn es reizt das Neue jeden mit der Zeit. Heiße Herzen geben niemals Ruh, suchen frischen Antrieb immerzu. Schwör mir keine Treue, weil ich mich zerstreue – gerade so wie du.

-Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz

You see, when you’re middle class, you have to live with the fact that history will ignore you. You have to live with the fact that history can never champion your causes and that history will never feel sorry for you. It is the price that is paid for day-to-day comfort and silence. And because of this price, all happinesses are sterile; all sadnesses go unpitied.

-Douglas Coupland, Generation X

Oh, I don’t hate Tobias … I see in him something that I might have become, something that all of us can become in the absence of vigilance. Something bland and smug that trades on its mask, filled with such rage and such contempt for humanity, such need, that the only food left for such a creature is their own flesh. He is like a passenger on a plane full of diseased people that crashes high in the mountains, and the survivors, not trusting each other’s organs, snack on their own forearms.

-Douglas Coupland, Generation X