"Romantic things? I believe I'm not mistaken when I look upon something that is scarcely half alive as romantic. The defective, the crumbled, the diseased; e.g. an ancient city wall. Whatever is useless yet mysteriously beautiful - that is romantic. I love to dream of such things, and as I see it, dreaming about them is enough. Ultimately, the most romantic thing is the heart, and every person carries in himself old cities enclosed by ancient walls."
- Robert Walser, 'The Little Berliner'