Herman Koch’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Herman Koch Quotes 

Herman Koch, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Herman Koch quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Herman Koch’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Herman Koch made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“All these heads, I thought. All these heads into which everything disappears.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

 “The first thing that struck you about Claire’s plate was its vast emptiness. Of course I’m well aware that, in the better restaurants, quality takes precedence over quantity, but there are voids and then there are voids. The void here, that part of the plate on which no food at all was present, had clearly been raised to a matter of principle.
It was as though the empty plate was challenging you to say something about it, to go to the open kitchen and demand an explanation. ‘You wouldn’t even dare!’ the plate said, and laughed in your face.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

“Sometimes things come out of your mouth that you regret later on. Or no, not regret. You say something so razor-sharp that the person you say it to carries it around with them for the rest of their life.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

 “… technically, just like with the rings of a tree or Carbon-14, it had to be possible to measure the passage of time by the melting of vanilla ice cream.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

 “That was how I looked at life sometimes, as a warm meal that was growing cold. I knew I had to eat, or else I would die, but I had lost my appetite.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

 “Happiness needs nothing but itself; it doesn’t have to be validated. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
― Herman Koch

“There are times when you run back through your life, to see whether you can locate the point at which it could still have taken a different turn.”
― Herman Koch, Summer House with Swimming Pool

 “If I had to give a definition of happiness, it would be this: happiness needs nothing but itself; it doesn’t have to be validated.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

“Unhappiness loves company. Unhappiness can’t stand silence—especially not the uneasy silence that settles in when it is all alone.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

“When people get a chance to come close to death without having it touch them personally, they never miss the opportunity.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

10 Famous Quotes by Author Herman Koch

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Herman Koch quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Herman Koch quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Herman Koch. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Herman Koch quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Herman Koch Quote 

“The dilemma I was faced with was one every parent faces sooner or later: you want to defend your child, of course; you stand up for your child, but you mustn’t do it all too vehemently, and above all not too eloquently – you mustn’t drive anyone into a corner. The educators, the teachers, will let you have your say, but afterwards they’ll take revenge on your child. You may come up with better arguments – it’s not too hard to come up with better arguments than the educators, the teachers – but in the end, your child to going to pay for it. Their frustration at being shown up is something they’ll take out on the student.”
― Herman Koch, The Dinner

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