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Quotations From STEFAN ZWEIG

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  • 1.
    The organic fundamental error of humanism was that it desired to educate the common people (on whom it looked down) from its lofty stance instead of trying to understand them and to learn from them.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Erasmus of Rotterdam, p. 116, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Herbert Reichner Verlag, Vienna, Austria (1935).

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  • 2.
    Erasmus was the light of his century; others were its strength: he lighted the way; others knew how to walk on it while he himself remained in the shadow as the source of light always does. But he who points the way into a new era is no less worthy of veneration than he who is the first to enter it; those who work invisibly have also accomplished a feat.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Erasmus of Rotterdam, p. 71, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Vienna, Austria, Herbert Reichner Verlag (1935).

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  • 3.
    Nothing that has ever been thought and said with a clear mind and pure ethical strength is totally in vain; even if it comes from a weak hand and is imperfectly formed, it inspires the ethical spirit to constantly renewed creation.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Erasmus of Rotterdam, p. 227, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Herbert Reichner Verlag, Vienna, Austria (1935).

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  • 4.
    Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday), p. 385, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1955).

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  • 5.
    Against my will, I became a witness to the most terrible defeat of reason and to the most savage triumph of brutality ever chronicled ... never before did a generation suffer such a moral setback after it had attained such intellectual heights.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday), p. 8, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1955).
  • 6.
    Immanuel Kant lived with knowledge as with his lawfully wedded wife, slept with it in the same intellectual bed for forty years and begot an entire German race of philosophical systems.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Der Kampf mit dem Daemon (The Struggle with the Demon), p. 256, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Insel Verlag (1929).
  • 7.
    Fate is never too generous—even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Sternstunden der Menschheit (Stellar Moments in Human History), p. 45, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1953).

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  • 8.
    When they are preparing for war, those who rule by force speak most copiously about peace until they have completed the mobilization process.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Sternstunden der Menschheit (Stellar Moments in Human History), p. 45, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1953).

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  • 9.
    One must be convinced to convince, to have enthusiasm to stimulate the others....
    Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), Austrian writer. Letter from Petropolis, February 18, 1942, to his first wife, Friderike, five days before his suicide with his second wife, Lotte. Stefan and Friderike Zweig: Their Correspondence 19121942, p. 344, Hastings House (1954).
  • 10.
    In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Sternstunden der Menschheit (Stellar Moments in Human History), p. 72, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1953).

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