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Quotation by Stefan Zweig
Balzac trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1959) Der Kampf mit dem Daemon (The Struggle with the Demon) trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Insel Verlag (1929) Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday) trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1955) Erasmus of Rotterdam trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Herbert Reichner Verlag, Vienna, Austria (1935) Erasmus of Rotterdam trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Vienna, Austria, Herbert Reichner Verlag, (1935)
Decisive inventions and discoveries always are initiated by an intellectual or moral stimulus as their actual motivating force, but, usually, the final impetus to human action is given by material impulses ... merchants stood as a driving force behind the heroes of the age of discovery; this first heroic impulse to conquer the world emanated from very mortal forces—in the beginning, there was spice.
Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Magellan. Der Mann und seine Tat (Magellan. The Man and His Feat), p. 20, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1983).
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