Notebook

Scherner repeatedly comes creeping unsteadily upstairs during the course of the day; with fur hat and cane and wearing his white coat he’s worthy of the stage… He has, as I assumed, reconciled himself with the Catholic Church. The Protestants: dull fellows, nothing but Kantian philosophy and the Enlightenment — “In the past I wanted to  understand, explain everything with the intellect. Now I tell myself: Whatever I can understand, whatever I can explain, I don’t need to know!” Thus one becomes a Catholic or a National Socialist, thus one becomes enviably happy.

Victor Klemperer, diary, 9th March 1945

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