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The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and ...
A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be ref ...
The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does ...
Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace, that ...
We are finding out that what looked like a neglected house a year ago is in fact a ruin.
[The] attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and ... often, paradoxically, it is literature that ...
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty t ...
Twenty or thirty years ago, in the army, we had a lot of obscure adventures, and years later we tell them at parties, and suddenly ...
The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why, and how it is sa ...
The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning--in other words, of absurdity--the more energetically meaning is sought.
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